EMOTION THESAURUS

DETERMINATION



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The inner landscape of your characters (especially your protagonist) is the lifeblood that runs through your story. Emotions, and how they're expressed, are tied deeply to a character’s personality and which positive traits and negative traits will manifest. To bring your readers in deeper through shared experience, consider filtering the setting descriptions through your character’s emotions while also exploring important colors, textures, and shapes through his or her senses.
DEFINITION:
Firm intention on achieving a goal; decisiveness

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Being the first to speak
Moving into someone’s personal space
Using articulate words and short, strong sentences
A steady, lower-pitched voice
A furrowing brow
Tight muscles
Alert gaze
A set jaw
Strong eye contact
A curt nod
Forming hands into a steeple
Mirroring the leader’s movements
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM DETERMINATION:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED DETERMINATION:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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