Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Anticipation

• Loss of sleep
• Lack of concentration
• Becoming so focused on the upcoming event that other important things are neglected
• Fantasizing/building up the event far beyond its reality
• An inability to sit still, fidgeting
• Becoming self-critical (questioning clothing choices, event preparation), wanting everything to go perfectly
• Covering the face, then peeking
• Asking questions: “How long? When? What is it?”
• Wetting the lips
• Checking and rechecking email
• Grabbing onto another person and saying, “Tell me!”
• Leaning in toward others, showing interest
• Tingling all over
• Begging someone for details, an answer, for a look at something, etc…

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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.

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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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2 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Anticipation

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

  2. Zoya says:

    This is me in preparation for NaNoWriMo^^

    All of these entries are great; one of the best writin g sources in all of the internts XD

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