If you want to add tension and complication, an Emotional Amplifier might be just the ticket. 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. We hope this short, sample list of expressions will help you better imagine how an amplifier makes your character more emotionally volatile…and prone to mistakes.
If you need to go deeper, we have an ebooklet of Emotional Amplifiers that contains imaginative lists of ways to show how this condition will affect your character’s mental and physical state.
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
- 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.