EMOTION THESAURUS

REGRET



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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:
Sorrow aroused by circumstances beyond one’s ability to control or repair

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Scrubbing a hand over the face
Laying a hand against the breastbone
A heavy sigh
A downturned mouth
Bent posture
Heavy arms, the shoulders pulled low
Apologizing
Trying to reason or explain
Eyebrows gathering in
A pained expression
Hands falling to the sides
Staring down at one’s feet
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM REGRET:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED REGRET:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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