And how does that make you feel?

by Lorna's Voice
Pish, posh! I can escape from this get up quicker than you can forget that word you were just going to type.

Pish, posh! I can escape from this get up quicker than you can forget that word you were just going to type.

Do words ever escape you? Sometimes I feel as if the perfect word I need pulled a Harry Houdini on me. I had  it; then it vamoosed.

Maybe it’s just me. After all, I do have a few challenges in the neuron-firing department.

1. I’m dizzy all this time, which is to say, I feel as if I had one too many Margaritas during Happy Hour. It’s hard to say words sometimes, assuming I can conjure some up. But this is all because of some nebulous neurological hanky-panky the docs blame on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

I only had one drink. Why do I feel so woozy?

I only had one drink. Why do I feel so woozy?

2. I’m old. Well, I’m older than I was, say, yesterday or the day before. Heck. I’m 55 and my brain, like my metabolism, is slowing down a bit.

3. I’m a natural blonde. We can be very articulate and smart, but we often don’t get to practice those skills much. And as we all know, if we don’t use it, we lose it. At least we forget how to use it.

I'm actually working my way through law school. What? You don't care about justice, only my bust-ist? Aren't you the clever one!

I’m actually working my way through law school. What? You don’t care about justice, only my bust-ist? Aren’t you the clever one!

But maybe it’s not just me. Maybe you, too, struggle with finding the perfect word for what you are trying to write or say. Our language is abundant and bursting with descriptive words–words that make our writing more concise and colorful.

I happened to stumble upon a chart of synonyms for a few basic emotions/feelings (which vary depending on the intensity of the emotion/feeling) that the characters you write about probably experience. Mine do. And I thought that, maybe you would find this chart handy. I did.

We've all been here before, right? So how would you describe the emotions between these two characters? Do you see how useful this chart can be?

We’ve all been here before, right? So how would you describe the emotions between these two characters? Do you see how useful this chart can be?

I changed a few things on the original chart, which I discovered on Stumbleupon.com. I’m sure you could add to it for your own purposes. It’s just a tool to use when that perfect word pulls a “runner” on you.

So, here it is. I hope you find it helpful. Other than this, I have my link to my favorite online thesaurus on my tool bar. I use it all the time.

Intensity

Happy

Sad

Angry

Scared

Confused

Strong Ecstatic

Elated

Energized

Enthusiastic

Excited

Exuberant

Jubilant

Jovial

Marvelous

Terrific

Thrilled

Uplifted

Burdened

Crushed

Defeated

Dejected

Demoralized

Depressed

Devastated

Discarded

Distraught

Empty

Grievous

Helpless

Hopeless

Hurt

Miserable

Mournful

Pitiful

Sorrowful

Worthless

Wounded

 

Betrayed

Enraged

Fuming

Furious

Hateful

Hostile

Incensed

Outraged

Pissed-off

Rebellious

Repulsed

Seething

Spiteful

Strangled

Vengeful

Vindictive

 

Afraid

Appalled

Desperate

Dread

Fearful

Frantic

Horrified

Intimidated

Panicky

Petrified

Shocked

Terrified

Tormented

Vulnerable

 

Baffled

Bewildered

Directionless

Flustered

Lost

Overwhelmed

Trapped

 

Mild AliveAmused

Appreciated

Assured

Cheerful

Confident

Delighted

Encouraged

Fulfilled

Grateful

Joyful

Optimistic

Proud

Relieved

valued

AlienatedDegraded

Deprived

Disappointed

Discouraged

Disheartened

Disillusioned

Dismal

Distant

Lonely

Resigned

Slighted

Unappreciated

Upset

AgitatedAggravated

Anguished

Annoyed

Cheated

Disgusted

Exasperated

Frustrated

Irritated

Offended

Peeved

Resentful

 

AlarmedApprehensive

Defensive

Distressed

Guarded

Insecure

Shaken

Startled

Stunned

Suspicious

Threatened

Uneasy

 

AmbivalentDisorganized

Doubtful

Foggy

Hesitant

Perplexed

Puzzled

Torn

Troubled

 

Weak ContentFlattered

Fortunate

Glad

Good

Hopeful

Pleased

Relaxed

satisfied

DeflatedDisenchanted

Lost

Sorry

 

DismayedDispleased

Uptight

 

ArousedConcerned

Doubtful

Nervous

Timid

 

BotheredDistracted

Surprised

Uncertain

Uncomfortable

Undecided

Unsettled

Unsure

 

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4 Responses to “And how does that make you feel?”

  1. I’ll take a mild from column 2, and a weak from column 6.

  2. I often find myself searching for the right word…I suppose mine is age,, chronic brain forgetting syndrome… 😉

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