By Angela Ackerman

Whilst writing fictional characters, it’s highly very important to show their feelings successfully so readers could be drawn in and turn into invested in these characters. The Emotion word list: A Writer’s consultant to personality Expression was once written to aid writers express the standard and intensity in their characters’ emotions via their innovations, physique language, and visceral reactions. yet there also are how you can magnify what a personality is feeling, thereby heightening their emotional responses.

In Emotion Amplifiers, a significant other consultant to The Emotion word list, we discover 15 universal states that obviously provoke emotion. States like exhaustion, boredom, affliction, discomfort, and severe starvation can push characters to the restrict, compromising their decision-making talents and reducing the possibility of them attaining their targets. Emotion Amplifiers is a handy gizmo for any author wishing to tighten the screws on their characters and amp up the stress of their tales.

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If your character is relaxed, make sure a catalyst is introduced to ensure he doesn’t stay that way for too long. © 2012, Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi Emotion Amplifiers 31 STRESS DEFINITION: a state of strain or tension Physical Signals: Rigid muscles A clenched jaw Tendons standing out Pacing A quick, hurried walk Accelerated speech Barking orders at people Eyes that dart from one thing to another Becoming quick-tempered A strong, businesslike handshake Constant motion Speaking in a rushed tone Yelling Rolling the neck and shoulders Shaking out the hands and arms Rubbing the neck Running hands through the hair Arriving late to meetings and appointments Squinting Criticizing Leaning forward, the neck stiff Approaching mundane tasks mechanically and efficiently Driving offensively or thoughtlessly Listening to loud, angry music Complaining Grinding the teeth Gum-chewing, knuckle-popping, and other stress relief gestures Bursting into tears Aggression Skipping meals Internal Sensations: Neck and back pain Muscle strain or spasms Headache Loss of appetite Knots in the stomach Heartburn © 2012, Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi Emotion Amplifiers 32 Mental Responses: Difficulty sleeping Irritability An inability to see value or enjoyment in the little things Impatience Awaking from sleep yet feeling unrested Frustration with other people Becoming argumentative An inability to turn the mind off A lack of concentration Worrying Defensiveness Cues of Acute or Long-Term Stress: Weight loss Heightened anxiety Insomnia Drinking to fall asleep Reliance on sleep meds Exhaustion Digestive disorders Hypertension Increased sickness Strained relationships Ulcers Worry that borders on paranoia Cues of Suppressed Stress: Closing the eyes and taking deep breaths in an attempt to relax Increased physical exercise as a form of release Increased negativity Making excuses for one’s behavior Over committing in an effort to look like everything is in control Denial Forcing a smile Apologizing for one’s tone or actions Return to the Table of Contents Writer’s Tip: Body tension should always have a root emotional cause.

ABOUT THE EMOTION THESAURUS Struggle with how to show, not tell a character’s feelings? Need help creating fresh body language that doesn’t come off as stale or cliché? The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression is a writer’s best friend, helping to navigate the choppy waters of character emotion. Through an easy-to-use list format, this brainstorming tool explores 75 emotions, compiling the physical signals, internal sensations, and mental responses for each. More information on this resource can be found on our Goodreads page.

Need help creating fresh body language that doesn’t come off as stale or cliché? The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression is a writer’s best friend, helping to navigate the choppy waters of character emotion. Through an easy-to-use list format, this brainstorming tool explores 75 emotions, compiling the physical signals, internal sensations, and mental responses for each. More information on this resource can be found on our Goodreads page. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression is available for purchase through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords.

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