Emotion Thesaurus: Sadness/Grief

· aching, smarting eyes (redness)
· stiff eyelids
· a scratchy throat
· soreness in the throat, lungs
· hyperventilating
· difficulty responding to questions and interacting with people
· uncontrollable crying
· premature aging (wrinkles, tired eyes, gray/white hair)
· weight loss or gain
· sickness
· a desire to live in the past
· suicidal thoughts
· oversensitivity…

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.



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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9 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus: Sadness/Grief

  1. Auyan says:

    One thing that makes every situation worse: a headache. Especially when you’re already coping with grief. You’ve been crying, so you’re dehydrated, and you have a splitting headache and are too out of it to figure out why.

  2. Pingback: Emotion Thesaurus Entry Collection (Samples) | Writers Helping Writers

  3. Anonymous says:

    I just wanted to thank your for your awesome blog! Your thesaurus are very handy. They’ve helped me a lot writing my novel.

  4. Awesome lists of new ways to make a point. We often reuse the some ones over and over, getting stuck in a rut.

  5. Just came across a link to this place, and I must say it is AMAZING. I willl definitely have to remember this blog, as I am sure it will come in very handy as I work on my stories.

    Thank You!!

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  6. Becca says:

    Glad you find it useful, Luc!

  7. Luc2 says:

    Nice lists, again. Very useful as reference.

    Thank you.

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