Emotion by Association
What sensations define a feeling?
One of the most challenging tasks for any writer, in any genre, is to describe an emotion without relying on a tired cliché ("her eyes widened") or a simple telling ("he felt shocked"). This week, try your hand at articulating the associations you have with a particular emotion. If your emotion is angry, for example, perhaps associations include “a raging voice locked in my chest” and “heat rising through my veins.”
Thanks to Grace Cassidy
, who provided the idea for this prompt, as well as this fantastic example:
The rush of blood to cheeks
Flame burning beneath the skin
The desire to whither away and disappear
Or perhaps for the world itself to end
So they'll forget my moment of extraordinary idiocy.