Emotion Thesaurus Addendum: Hunger

  • An empty, floaty feeling in the belly
  • The stomach twisting into knots
  • Gurgling in the belly
  • Dry mouth
  • An over-sensitive sense of smell
  • Quick salivation at the sight or scent of food
  • Obsessing about food
  • Shaking hands
  • Lightheadedness
  • Lethargy
  • Openly watching others eat
  • Swallowing often
  • Impulse buying when it comes to food…

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

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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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4 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus Addendum: Hunger

  1. Becca says:

    I don’t know, tbh. I did a quick internet search and couldn’t find any link to the two, though it wasn’t by any means thorough. I know that extreme thirst/dehydration can cause hallucinations, though.

  2. Marian says:

    The “Death” at the end gave me a bit of a jolt, even though it’s true.

    Are visual hallucinations also part of long-term hunger?

  3. PJ Hoover says:

    Oh, now this is a good one!

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