Fantastic Reference for Authors As a writer, I will admit that writing descriptive sentences about the movement of a character has never been my forte...moreFantastic Reference for Authors As a writer, I will admit that writing descriptive sentences about the movement of a character has never been my forte. In fact, just describing a simple rose or sunset can be a pain. Give me a despicable character, dialogue, and dastardly plot and you discover where I excel. However, every writer needs to work at their craft. I am no different.
Emotion Thesaurus is one of the best reference books I've come across. If you are stuck in your writing putting in merely eye movements or the tone of one's voice, this book can enlighten you. It lists every emotion you can possibly think of and how people act during the emotions in physical signals, internal sensations, mental thoughts, etc.
Let's say your character is experiencing denial. What do people do when in denial? Well the writers have thought of everything: verbal disagreement, back away, vigorously shake head, sweating, shrugging, etc. These are just a few ideas from a long list of responses your character can display.
I love this book and refer to it often. It's number one on my highly recommended books for writers.(less)
I ordered this book to gain a better understanding of my own past, having been sexually abused when I was five years old by a teenage neighbor. I'm in...moreI ordered this book to gain a better understanding of my own past, having been sexually abused when I was five years old by a teenage neighbor. I'm in the process of writing my experience into another novel, which I plan to publish under a pen name - lest I shock my current fans - that integrates my mental and behavioral experiences as a result of that abuse into a fiction element.
I've been searching for books to read on sexual abuse, so I ordered this one. Though I have sought some counseling myself over my past (I'm now 62), I found this book a confirmation in many ways of my eschewed thought patterns I've wrestled with throughout my life. The only factor that bothered me is that I've never suffered from bulimia, anorexia, or cutting myself, nor have I purposely sought out physically abusive relationships (only fantasized over such).
However, to say that my sexual violation has not changed my personality since I was five or driven my patterns of thinking into unhealthy attitudes and low self-esteem, would be a lie. It's one thing to understand some of the more dangerous and hurtful behaviors directed toward self as a result, but I think the psychological effects of abuse, without all the other physical manifestations, are just as debilitating, such as self-hatred, shyness, depression, inability to accept love, inability to trust men, not being able to stand up for yourself or say no...the list is endless.
The case studies were interesting and more of a validation that what I've faced as a result of my abuse is typical of others, as well. To coin a line in the infamous best seller right now about a man abused as a child, all I can is, "I don't know any other way...this is who I am." For some reason, I found that comforting. I didn't ask to be cast into this mold. It was forced upon me. (less)
If you have trouble putting too many "bites lip" and "rolls eyes" into your work, this book is great. I tend to use my own overused expressions with b...moreIf you have trouble putting too many "bites lip" and "rolls eyes" into your work, this book is great. I tend to use my own overused expressions with body language and emotions. When you just can't find that right description for your character's emotions, this book is a fantastic. It's not that you don't know that people already act or feel this way, because you do. However, it stirs your brain to think of more creative ways of expressing feelings and emotions. I'm definitely going to use it on my next book quite a bit. Frankly, it's a great tool.(less)
Fantastic book. I love writing conflict into my stories. Frankly, it's the spice that keeps them going like the Energizer Bunny. People accuse me of t...moreFantastic book. I love writing conflict into my stories. Frankly, it's the spice that keeps them going like the Energizer Bunny. People accuse me of torturing my characters, and this books gives me affirmation I'm doing it right.
James Scott Bell tells it like it is, with humor and great examples. It's nice to know when I get to my cliffhanger in my current novel, it's okay to hang my antagonist over the edge and drag my reader with him.
If you're a published author or aspiring writer, this is a wonderful reference. Frankly, it's the best of any how-to book I've purchased. (less)