Emotion Thesaurus: Fear

  • shaking, trying not to shake
  • a white-knuckled grip
  • leg muscles tightening, ready to run
  • shivery skin, crawling flesh
  • dizziness
  • gasping for air
  • dry mouth
  • crying
  • shaking the head in denial
  • a voice that goes shrill
  • stuttering, mispronouncing words
  • a compulsion to talk non-stop about anything
  • loosening of the bladder
  • holding back a scream or cry
  • flinching at noises
  • the sudden urge to flee
  • hyper-sensitivity to touch…

Win your readers’ hearts by tailoring your character’s emotional responses so they’re compelling, credible, and realistic.

If you struggle with writing emotions like so many writers do, you’ll be happy to know that this sample has been expanded into book form. The full list of physical, internal, and mental cues for this and 74 other emotions can be found in The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. For more information on this bestselling book and where it can be found, please visit our bookstore.

And the news gets better: we’ve added 15 entries to this collection, including grief, lust, and self-loathing. To access these, simply visit our online library at One Stop For Writers. There, you’ll find all 90 entries from our popular Emotion Thesaurus, which have been updated and enhanced to provide even greater value. Users also enjoy the flexibility of cross-referenced material for easy searchability across all of our completed thesaurus collections. Interested in viewing a sample? Register for free at One Stop, and see what this innovative online library can do for your storytelling.

About ANGELA ACKERMAN

Angela is an international speaker and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also enjoys dreaming up new tools and resources for One Stop For Writers, a library built to help writers elevate their storytelling.

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3 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus: Fear

  1. Liz says:

    Wonderful site. There is so much here to help me with my writing, and I really appreciate that. Many thanks!!

  2. Merc says:

    This is a FANTASTIC reference! 😀 Great job, ladies, keep it up!

    ~Merc

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