Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Love/Attraction

· Stumbling to a halt
· Dry mouth
· Throat clearing, swallowing
· Fluttering in the stomach, a feeling of emptiness, nausea
· Tongue getting tangled, going speechless
· Non-stop talking
· Mental fuzziness, lightheadedness, dizziness, difficulty focusing on tasks
· Feeling faint
· Tingling skin, a hyper-awareness of the body
· Swaying to bump against the other person as you walk
· Exchanging personal effects (a favorite jacket, a necklace, keys, locker combinations)
· Feeling or displaying jealousy when someone shows interest in your significant other
· Doodling hearts, writing notes to the other person
· Asking a close friend to talk to the person you’re attracted to and determined their feelings

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Mary Witzl said...

Ah, those were the days! It's good to have an emotional thesaurus when you've almost forgotten what it felt like to fall in love.

I'm trying to work signs like these into a manuscript I've been working on for the past year (for adults, not kids) and it's hard to get the balance just right: I have two protaganists who are slowly developing the beginnings of a mutual attraction, in fits and starts. It's hard not to lay it on too thick, and sometimes I worry that I haven't put in enough hints...

Angela said...

Love and attraction is a bit different for adults than for teens. They've had the benefit of experience (good and bad) and the cues can often be more subtle. I think that with adults, there's sometimes less 'wondering' if attraction is there and is returned--there seems to be a stronger knowledge that it is, but it is counterweighted by the desire to not be hurt, to not make a bad choice or repeat past relationship mistakes.

Too, adults are less likely to dismiss 'warning signs' like aloofness, moodiness, anger management, bad habits (drinking too much, gambling, etc) which makes them a bit more hesitant about jumping into relationships with both feet.

Laurie said...

Angela, great comments on YA vs. Adult attraction signals.

I'm chiming in well after the start of your "Emotion Thesaurus" series, but just wanted you to know I'm one the of the "appreciative but silent" readers who follows your blog on a regular basis (also a member of the Toasted Scimitar bloggers and a CCer).

Your Emotion Thesaurus is a great jumpstart on those days when the muse just isn't firing. Being a Sci-Fi Rom writer, this Love & Attraction listing is especially helpful.

Please keep 'em coming. (BTW, are you taking suggestions?) :)

Angela said...

Thanks for commenting, Laurie--we love comments, and yes, definitely suggestions! I'm planning on doing a blog post soon on what the readers would like to see moving forward.

Thanks for de-cloaking to say hi!

S. Mozer said...

This is great! Thanks so much for the ideas. Keep them coming!!



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