Emotion Thesaurus Addendum: Desire

  • Obsessive thoughts
  • Trying not to think of the object
  • Finding ways to be near the object
  • Loss of appetite
  • A nervous hitch in the voice
  • Shedding bad habits that stand in the way
  • A physical ache at the need to have or be with the desire
  • Creative wooing (poetry, sentimentality, meaningful gifts)
  • Striving to prove one’s worth
  • A fluttering stomach
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • A touch that lingers
  • A deep gaze, communicating need with the eyes…

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 e-booklet 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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3 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus Addendum: Desire

  1. Marian says:

    Internal symptoms are the most fun to describe, aren’t they? 🙂

    A flip-flop reaction of the heart, as though it’s turned over…

    A hot, rushing sensation in the abdomen, as though circulation has just sped up and redirected itself…

    OK, now I’m starting to grin, so I’ll stop.

  2. GutsyWriter says:

    Hi Angela and Becca. I sent you two awards in my posting today. If you don’t have time to respond, don’t worry. I just thought you deserved them. Sonia aka GutsyWriter.

  3. PJ Hoover says:

    Great one! I love irrational thoughts. That would/will be fun to show in first person 🙂

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