How to Up Your Verb Game: Emotion Edition

Verbs are action words that allow us to communicate what characters are doing, thinking or feeling. By simply tweaking our choice of verbs, we can evoke different moods in our writing!

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You can experience a whole gamut of feelings–simple emotions like happiness, sadness and anger, and/or more complicated emotions like confusion and fear. To distinguish one emotion from another, use specific verbs to convey your or others' behaviour.

  • Happiness

    I skipped across the pathway towards the bus stop where my friend was waiting.

    “Have you heard the news?” I exclaimed.

    “Yes, congrats, Team Captain! I brought you a celebratory drink.”

    I popped open the can of soda and slurped it down.

  • Sadness

    I trudged across the pathway towards the bus stop where my friend was waiting.

    “Have you . . . have you heard the news?” I bawled.

    “Yes. Look, I got you something to cheer you up.”

    I accepted the can of soda and sipped it dejectedly.

  • Anger

    I stomped across the pathway towards the bus stop where my friend was waiting.

    “Have you heard the news?” I roared.

    “Drink this and calm down,” he said.

    I snatched the can of soda from his hands, and chugged it whole.

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