EMOTION THESAURUS

HORROR



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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 mixture of repugnance and fear arising from a negative experience beyond one’s comprehension or imagining

SIMILAR EMOTIONS:

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
The body freezing mid-movement
One’s mouth falling open, the upper lip curling back
Grimacing and wanting to look away but being unable to
The head recoiling from the source, eyes wide and staring
One’s words drying up mid-sentence
Opening the mouth to speak but being unable to find words
Trying to make sense of what one is experiencing by reading other people’s reactions
Speaking in fragments: This...He....

INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM HORROR:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED HORROR:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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