EMOTION THESAURUS

UNCERTAINTY



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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:
The state of being unsure; unable to commit to a course of action

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Biting the lip or inside of the cheek
Frowning
Glancing at others to see what they think
Looking down
Asking others for advice or opinions
Hands that fidget (twisting together, rubbing down the front of one’s pants)
A downcast expression
Forehead wrinkling
Squinting, looking inward
Pinching or tugging on the bottom lip
Tilting the head from side to side, weighing choices
Rubbing the jaw or back of the neck
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM UNCERTAINTY:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED UNCERTAINTY:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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