EMOTION THESAURUS

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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:
Experiencing unexpected mood swings; feeling emotionally sensitive or temperamental

NOTES:
Moodiness can cause either volatile or reserved behavior, so choose the best fit for your character’s personality and temperament.

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Crossing one’s arms over the chest
Body tenseness (e.g., tightly gripping a backpack strap or one’s car keys)
Rubbing one’s temples
Restless movements (shuffling one’s feet, biting one’s nails, twisting a lock of hair, etc.)
Pacing or walking in circles
Crossed legs, with the foot bouncing up and down
Biting the lip
Being highly negative
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM MOODY:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED MOODY:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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