EMOTION THESAURUS

SUSPICION



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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:
Suspecting, with little or no proof, that something is wrong

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Narrowing the eyes, squinting
Body angling away from suspect
A wrinkled brow
Flushed skin
A deliberate lowering of the head to study or stare
Arms tight to the body
Shooting glances at the suspect
Avoiding direct eye contact
A fake smile
Sneaking or spying
Eavesdropping
Following the suspected person
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM SUSPICION:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED SUSPICION:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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