Indescribable Emotions

Our prompt from the meeting on September 21, 2018: Integrate these indescribable emotions into your story.

Prompt by: Amelia Burke


sonder: the realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own.

opia: the ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable.

monachopsis: the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place.

énouement: the bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self.

vellichor: the strange wistfulness of used bookshops.

rubatosis: the unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat.

kenopsia: the eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that is usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet.

mauerbauertraurigkeit: the inexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends who you really like.

jouska: a hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head.

chrysalism: the amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm.

vemödalen: the frustration of photographic something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist.

anecdoche: a conversation in which everyone is talking, but nobody is listening

ellipsism: a sadness that you’ll never be able to know how history will turn out.

kuebiko: a state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence.

lachesism: the desire to be struck by disaster – to survive a plane crash, or to lose everything in a fire.

exulansis: the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it.

adronitis: frustration with how long it takes to get to know someone.

rückkehrunruhe: the feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness.

nodus tollens: the realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore.

onism: the frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time.

liberosis: the desire to care less about things.

altschmerz: weariness with the same old issues that you’ve always had – the same boring flaws and anxieties that you’ve been gnawing on for years.

occhiolism: the awareness of the smallness of your perspective.

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