Emotion Thesaurus Addendum: Loneliness

  • People watching, craving contact (visiting a park to feed birds, sitting on the porch)
  • Wearing comfort clothes
  • Using books, the Internet, or TV to generate a feeling of interaction
  • An expression that crumples when people show affection for one another
  • A pain in the chest
  • A downcast gaze
  • Tears, sadness, depression
  • Giving an abnormal amount of love and attention to someone or something (daily visits to a neighbor, treating a pet like a baby)
  • Bingeing (overeating, hoarding, buying unnecessary items)
  • Frequently calling family or friends
  • A willingness to talk to strangers just to interact–at the grocery, in the library, etc.
  • A disinterest in one’s appearance or an abnormal interest in one’s appearance
  • Slumped shoulders, limp posture…

Turn up the heat on your protagonist by adding conditions that will alter his mood and make him more emotionally reactive.

Like making things tough on your characters? Then you’ll be happy to know that this collection of entries has been expanded into a $1 ebooklet called Emotion Amplifiers. This companion to The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression is a body language tool for describing your character’s pain, stress, illness, hunger, dehydration, attraction, and other conditions that amplify an emotional reaction. Please visit our bookstore to find out where you can download your copy.

To make life even easier for writers, all of the entries from Emotion Amplifiers—including a few new additions—have been integrated into our online library, One Stop For WritersThis enhanced collection will help add tension and conflict to your scenes and is cross-referenced for easy searchabilityTo view these entries along with our other description thesauri, head on over and register for free at One Stop.


Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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8 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus Addendum: Loneliness

  1. Pingback: Emotion Thesaurus Entry Collection (Samples) | WRITERS HELPING WRITERSWRITERS HELPING WRITERS

  2. Angela says:

    Glad it helps, Nat! And welcome, dumpedbyahallucination!

  3. I’ve just been browsing around because I just found it, and this site is amazing! I know you get told it a lot but praise is praise, right? 🙂

    I felt so lonely myself reading this list. I’m just. Well. This site is excellent. That’s all.

    Suzy x

  4. Thanks for this one, my heroine is going through this right now and I couldn’t describe how she was physically coping… now I can!

  5. Angela says:

    LOL Jill and PJ–this is my bad. I was just following my list in order, not really thinking about what day it came up on. Being Canadian, I had my Turkey day a month ago so I just didn’t clue in.

    Thanks for stopping in Laura!

  6. Laura says:

    Great stuff here. Thanks!

  7. PJ Hoover says:

    Funny emotion for Thanksgiving! I hope there was little loneliness in the world yesterday!

  8. Jill Wheeler says:

    I hope that you’re not feeling lonely today. :/

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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