Emotion Thesaurus Addendum: Energetic

When it comes to emotion, sometimes we need a brainstorming nudge. After all, each character will express their feelings differently depending on their personality, emotional range, and comfort zone. We hope this short, sample list of expressions will help you better imagine how your character might show this emotion!

If you need to go deeper, we have detailed lists of body language, visceral sensations, dialogue cues, and mental responses for 130 emotions in the 2019 expanded second edition of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression.


  • Sharpened senses
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Feeling twitchy
  • Believing that you can do anything
  • A gaze that flits from person to person or sweeps across a room, picking up all details
  • Nodding along as someone speaks
  • Cutting in, speaking over people
  • Chugging a drink
  • Whooping, smiling, cheering, shouting
  • Greeting others with gusto (shaking hands firmly, squeezing the arm)
  • Taking on a leadership role
  • Confident decision-making
  • A raised chin
  • Rapid speech

Win your readers’ hearts by tailoring your character’s emotional responses so they’re compelling, credible, and realistic.

If you struggle with writing emotions, you aren’t alone. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression has helped writers all over the globe, and it can help you. To find out more about this bestselling book, please visit our bookstore.

Prefer the flexibility of instant online access and greater searchability?

The Emotion Thesaurus is also at our sister site, One Stop for Writers. Visit the Emotion Thesaurus Page to view our complete list of entries.

TIP: While you’re there, check out our hyper-intelligent Character Builder that helps you create deep, memorable characters in half the time!





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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9 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus Addendum: Energetic

  1. Kat says:

    This blog is amazing- I have no idea how I didn’t come across such a useful writing tool sooner!

    Good job, and thanks for all the time, thought, and effort you guys put into this resource!

  2. Becca says:

    Woot! Glad to be of service :).

  3. Bish Denham says:

    You’ve done it yet again. Thanks!

  4. Shelli says:

    Bouncing on the balls of the feet
    love it.

  5. Angela says:

    Great–glad it helps! 🙂

  6. Patty P says:

    Oh, this is a good one. I have lots of energetic girls in my book!

  7. PJ Hoover says:

    Another great list! Thank you beyond belief!

  8. Kelly says:

    I am pumped up and ready to start the day! :0)

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