Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Love/Attraction

· Stumbling to a halt
· Dry mouth
· Throat clearing, swallowing
· Fluttering in the stomach, a feeling of emptiness, nausea
· Tongue getting tangled, going speechless
· Non-stop talking
· Mental fuzziness, lightheadedness, dizziness, difficulty focusing on tasks
· Feeling faint
· Tingling skin, a hyper-awareness of the body
· Swaying to bump against the other person as you walk
· Exchanging personal effects (a favorite jacket, a necklace, keys, locker combinations)
· Feeling or displaying jealousy when someone shows interest in your significant other
· Doodling hearts, writing notes to the other person
· Asking a close friend to talk to the person you’re attracted to and determined their feelings…

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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6 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Love/Attraction

  1. Pingback: Emotion Thesaurus Entry Collection (Samples) | WRITERS HELPING WRITERSWRITERS HELPING WRITERS

  2. S. Mozer says:

    This is great! Thanks so much for the ideas. Keep them coming!!


  3. Angela says:

    Thanks for commenting, Laurie–we love comments, and yes, definitely suggestions! I’m planning on doing a blog post soon on what the readers would like to see moving forward.

    Thanks for de-cloaking to say hi!

  4. Laurie says:

    Angela, great comments on YA vs. Adult attraction signals.

    I’m chiming in well after the start of your “Emotion Thesaurus” series, but just wanted you to know I’m one the of the “appreciative but silent” readers who follows your blog on a regular basis (also a member of the Toasted Scimitar bloggers and a CCer).

    Your Emotion Thesaurus is a great jumpstart on those days when the muse just isn’t firing. Being a Sci-Fi Rom writer, this Love & Attraction listing is especially helpful.

    Please keep ’em coming. (BTW, are you taking suggestions?) 🙂

  5. Angela says:

    Love and attraction is a bit different for adults than for teens. They’ve had the benefit of experience (good and bad) and the cues can often be more subtle. I think that with adults, there’s sometimes less ‘wondering’ if attraction is there and is returned–there seems to be a stronger knowledge that it is, but it is counterweighted by the desire to not be hurt, to not make a bad choice or repeat past relationship mistakes.

    Too, adults are less likely to dismiss ‘warning signs’ like aloofness, moodiness, anger management, bad habits (drinking too much, gambling, etc) which makes them a bit more hesitant about jumping into relationships with both feet.

  6. Mary Witzl says:

    Ah, those were the days! It’s good to have an emotional thesaurus when you’ve almost forgotten what it felt like to fall in love.

    I’m trying to work signs like these into a manuscript I’ve been working on for the past year (for adults, not kids) and it’s hard to get the balance just right: I have two protaganists who are slowly developing the beginnings of a mutual attraction, in fits and starts. It’s hard not to lay it on too thick, and sometimes I worry that I haven’t put in enough hints…

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