Emotion Thesaurus Addendum: Wariness

  • Stand-offishness
  • Cutting the eyes at the speaker
  • Increased pulse, adrenaline kicking in
  • Speaking in a soothing, placating voice
  • Snapping at people
  • Racing thoughts as you try to make sense of whatever it is
  • Approaching someone/something in a roundabout fashion
  • A strained voice
  • Flinching at touches
  • Pressing one’s lips together
  • White knuckles
  • Rubbing at the forehead or temples
  • Gritting teeth
  • A jutting jaw
  • Pacing…

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.


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 Thesaurus Addendum: Wariness

  1. Pingback: Emotion Thesaurus Entry Collection (Samples) | WRITERS HELPING WRITERSWRITERS HELPING WRITERS

  2. Alas, this is the perfect post for me right now, because I have recently been wary of some folks in my life…now I have a thesaurus for it 🙂

  3. Becca says:

    Woot! So glad this is helping.

  4. Angela says:

    Glad this helps! 🙂

  5. Perfect timing.. I seriously just printed this list out for my next scene in my WIP. Thanks! 🙂

  6. PJ Hoover says:

    As always, you guys rock!
    Thanks again!

  7. Parakeva says:

    Did I suggest this one? I guess it doesn’t matter, but I was just thinking about it the other day and it’s an excellent coincidence! ‘Cos I can’t actually remember if I did or not…

    Anyway, thank you once more!

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