EMOTION THESAURUS

LUST



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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:
An intense sexual craving or longing

NOTES:
Some displays of lust may be more masculine or feminine in nature, but many times, both sexes communicate with the same or similar movements and gestures. Choose descriptors that best fit your character’s personality and sense of sexual expression.

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Deep and prolonged eye contact
Arching the back
Thrusting out one’s chest and exposing the neck
Letting one’s long hair slide across the shoulder
Trailing a finger down toward one’s cleavage or open collar while maintaining eye contact
A gaze that explores and suggests
Self-petting gestures (slowly running a hand down one’s leg toward the knee, caressing one’s forearm)
Pointing one’s knees toward the other in invitation
Opening one’s legs slightly while seated (men)
Reaching out (touching the other’s wrist, sliding one’s fingers down to the other person's hand and pulling him or her close)
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM LUST:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED LUST:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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