EMOTION THESAURUS

NOSTALGIA



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HELPFUL TIP:

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 yearning for a return to a past period or situation

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
An unfocused gaze
A slight smile
Slowly flipping through old pictures, stroking the pages
A relaxed posture
Eyes that fill with tears
Using a quiet voice
Cocking one’s head to the side
Subdued laughter
A shallow sigh
An unhurried walk
Rubbing a hand against the heart
Slouching on a sofa, watching old movies
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM NOSTALGIA:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED NOSTALGIA:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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