EMOTION THESAURUS

HOPEFULNESS



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HELPFUL TIP:

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:
A bright, promising outlook; optimism

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Holding one’s breath
Raising the eyebrows and offering a questioning gaze
Leaning in
Clutching at the chest or belly
Muttering please repeatedly under the breath
Clasping hands under the chin (in a prayer gesture)
A face that seems to shine
Gently biting the lip
Covering the mouth with a hand, eyes wide and shining
Deep breaths
Wiggling, squirming
Verbalizing the pros, not the cons
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM HOPEFULNESS:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED HOPEFULNESS:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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