EMOTION THESAURUS

INSPIRED



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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:
Wanting to do or be better—usually because of an external stimulus, such as another person, a work of art, a saying or mantra, etc.

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
The features suddenly going still as the aha moment hits
The mouth hanging open
A brightening of the countenance
Wide-open eyes
An inward gaze as one tries to grasp a fleeting idea
Leaping into motion
Extended periods of frenzied activity
Forgetting to eat or sleep
Being highly productive
Breathing quickly
Talking about one’s ideas or the source of inspiration to anyone who will listen
Waving the hands around
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM INSPIRED:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED INSPIRED:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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