EMOTION THESAURUS

LONELINESS



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The inner landscape of your characters (especially your protagonist) is the lifeblood that runs through your story. Emotions, and how they're expressed, are tied deeply to a character’s personality and which positive traits and negative traits will manifest. To bring your readers in deeper through shared experience, consider filtering the setting descriptions through your character’s emotions while also exploring important colors, textures, and shapes through his or her senses.
DEFINITION:
The feeling of being isolated or cut off

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
A longing gaze
Disinterest in one’s appearance (bland clothing, lackluster hair)
Slumped shoulders, limp posture
A monotone voice
Looking down when walking in public
Watching people furtively
An expressionless, unsmiling face
Sullenness
Being generous to others in order to curry favor
Spying or eavesdropping on others to feel a part of something
Filling schedule with work or volunteering to avoid downtime
Using books, the internet, and TV to escape
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM LONELINESS:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED LONELINESS:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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