Writers Write is a resource for writers. In this post, we look at the shades of emotions behind the words we choose.
The best writing comes from choosing precise words that say exactly what you mean. When you want to describe your character’s emotional state, there is a huge difference between being afraid with a tinge of terror, and being afraid with an inch of insecurity.
When I found this useful list of precise words for feelings by Gina Senarighi in her post, How to Express Yourself Clearly, I realised how imprecise we can be as writers. We say sad without considering the tone of the sadness. We talk about being afraid without describing the shade of the fear.
Use this chart to help you find the word you need. Try to be specific when you describe your characters’ feelings. You r readers will identify with these emotions. Remember the importance of showing this through body language.
© Amanda Patterson
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