Emotion Addendum: Doubt

  • Shuffling one’s feet
  • Pulling or tugging at the clothes
  • Cold hands
  • A hesitating nod
  • Swallowing more than usual
  • Shrugging
  • Avoiding speaking or open agreement
  • Wincing as others agree or commend someone for their solution
  • Rubbing the back of the neck
  • Dry-washing one’s hands
  • Shaking the head
  • Coughing as one agrees or supports a doubtful decision or stance
  • Sharing a look with an ally, raising eyebrows to convey feelings
  • Making alternative suggestions…

Turn up the heat on your protagonist by adding conditions that will alter his mood and make him more emotionally reactive.

Like making things tough on your characters? Then you’ll be happy to know that this collection of entries has been expanded into a $1 ebooklet called Emotion Amplifiers. This companion to The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression is a body language tool for describing your character’s pain, stress, illness, hunger, dehydration, attraction, and other conditions that amplify an emotional reaction. Please visit our bookstore to find out where you can download your copy.

To make life even easier for writers, all of the entries from Emotion Amplifiers—including a few new additions—have been integrated into our online library, One Stop For WritersThis enhanced collection will help add tension and conflict to your scenes and is cross-referenced for easy searchabilityTo view these entries along with our other description thesauri, head on over and register for free at One Stop.


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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7 Responses to Emotion Addendum: Doubt

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

  2. Marian says:

    Agree with Natalie. My characters were previously confined to raking their hair back from their faces (because I do that a lot), shrugging and biting their lips. Now they have a lot more gestures and behavior at their disposal! 🙂

  3. oh I love this. Whenever I’m stuck with what my protag is doing I slip on over and go ‘Oh yeah, that’s it exactly’
    Thanks for this girls.

  4. Bish Denham says:

    Yet another excellect post!

  5. Angela says:

    Thank you Lady G & PJ. We appreciate your comments and are glad you guys continue to find this ET helpful. 🙂

  6. PJ Hoover says:

    I know I say it every week, but this is such a valuable resource!

  7. Lady Glamis says:

    I just have to say thank you for the Emotion Thesaurus. I think it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever used as a writer!!!


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