Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Amusement

· Holding a hand up as you laugh as if to ward off more jokes or to ask for someone to stop being so funny
· A disheveled appearance as a result of giving yourself over to laughter
· Light-headedness
· Throwing your head back in a bray of laughter
· Grabbing at the ribs like you have a stitch in your side
· Weakness in the knees, muscles twitching
· Trying to keep a straight face but failing
· Covering the mouth with a hand to hide a smile or hold in a laugh
· Turning away in an attempt to regain control of one’s features
· Cupping the cheeks with the hands and shaking with laughter
· Avoiding eye contact to maintain control over laughter
· Clearing one’s throat, struggling to speak in full sentences
· Attempting to change the topic/discussion to avoid falling apart with laughter
· Making gestures in lieu of speaking because you’re unable to form words correctly
· Biting down on the lip, pressing lips together to keep laughter in
· Punching someone in the arm
· Bumping shoulders with someone, giving them a good natured shake or slap on the back

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 BECCA PUGLISI

Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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15 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Amusement

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

  2. Safah Ahmed says:

    Wow, this is AMAZING! Really helps when it comes to trying to rid your writing of the old cliched words and descriptions. 🙂

  3. Hi Anon,

    With the release of our book The Emotion Thesaurus, we’ve reduced the blog content to a sample.

  4. Anonymous says:

    all of these are wonderful but i’ve noticed the lists have gotten a lot shorter for each trait. is this n error on my computer or have they really been cut down? =(

  5. Cher'ley says:

    I’m always happy to get a post from here, because it brings me back to the site. Love it Thanks.

  6. Thank you so much for this wonderful resource. I’ve placed a link to it on my blog.

  7. Barker says:

    What a terrific resource!! Thank you for providing a ready source for inspiration!

  8. Absolutely, anon. But I recommend you tweak the ideas you see here to fit your character or situation. 🙂 All the best with your writing!

    Angela

  9. Anonymous says:

    Thanku it was a great help…can I use them in my writings?

  10. lgkelso says:

    I know I’ve said that I love this before, but I just wanted to say I had a blank on describing an amused character and this really helped!

  11. Angela says:

    Thanks everyone, and we appreciate the link, CR!

  12. C.R. Evers says:

    I love these!!! What a great resource. Thanks for doing this. I’m going to link you to my blog!

  13. That is hysterical. It reminds me of a time when I was working on my masters degree. We’d been sitting in “educational law” for way too long and were on information overload. I can’t remember what a few of us started to laugh about, but I do remember we became inconsolable (if that’s possible with laughter). Soon, the whole class was staring at us and we just couldn’t stop laughing. The esteemed guest speaker decided to give the class a short break. A classmate came over and said we were so “immature.” And what did we do, we laughed some more. The speaker came over and we managed to apologize, to which he said he understood, and stated that happens when there is too much learning and not enough breaks. Sheesh…that’s for sure! ~Karen

  14. liss n kids says:

    What fun! These emotion thesaurus entries are great!

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