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Emotion Amplifiers

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  1,170 ratings  ·  124 reviews
When writing fictional characters, it’s hugely important to convey their emotions effectively so readers will be drawn in and become invested in those characters. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression was written to help writers convey the quality and depth of their characters’ feelings through their thoughts, body language, and visceral reactions ...more
Published November 27th 2014 by Angela Ackerman
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Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing-craft
Nothing says NaNoWriMo is over quite like a hungry consumption of one million books on writing craft. (Whether it's a literal or figurative consumption depends entirely on how deeply the novel-writing has unhinged us during November.)

This is a companion guide to The Emotional Thesaurus and the Positive and Negative Emotion guides by the same pair of authors. What I love about these (rather encyclopedic) guides is that they make us aware of emotions apart from hysteria, stress, hunger and despera
K.M. Weiland
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a jolly little addition to the wonderful Emotion Thesaurus--and I can't believe it's free! In very much the same vein as the main book, it offers up emotional and physical states of being that "amplify" emotions. It's a great tool for writers who are looking for catalysts to drive characters into severe emotional states. It's true, as some reviewers say, that it's very short. But it honestly doesn't need to be any longer. It does its job as a great companion to the main book--and, h ...more
Amanda Tero
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read "The Emotions Thesaurus" but found this book to be extremely helpful! Though the first section was short, it was packed with useful information that helped me on the novel I'm writing. I skimmed through the latter half which gave lists of how to describe various emotions. I'll likely return during edit time ... and am intrigued to purchase the thesaurus. ...more
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
This is a good companion book to The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression. Fifteen emotion amplifiers are given, along with guidelines for using them for main and secondary characters. Writers should find this useful, but, unlike The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression not absolutely essential. ...more
Handy for any writer...I definitely will be looking back at this again in the future :)
Mario MJ Perron
Not sure how I feel about this

I gave it a 3, because I'm simply uncertain as to how to perceive th his book. It is either ridiculous or sublime... possibly it is both.

The main component is lists of emotions, spelled out and spoon fed to you.
I was taught that writing comes from relating experiences, good writing comes from the practice of observation, and excellent writing combines both with a deliciously rich vocabulary. There's much more to it, of course. However, it seems to me to be much mor
Elle Mitchell
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
Wow, wow, wow!
Sure, some of these things are obvious, but some of them aren't so much. More importantly, it's a collection that is easy to reach to if you have brain fog. I have fibromyalgia and that comes with the territory. So, this is wonderful when my brain is reaching for that one thing that has to do with boredom (it may be common sense, it may not).
Even when my brain is cooperating, it's nice to have a list of things that keep you from drawing from your own bank over and over again. Some
Jennifer Price
This is a great resource for writers. Although I do wish it was longer. It's kinda like a writers emotion dictionary/thesaurus/examples all in one. It really helps understand your characters a little better and portray what their feeling without saying "Kyle is distracted" or "Paula was feeling stressed" I found it extremely helpful.
I gave it 4 out of 5 stars simply because I wanted more words. It only gave me 15 lol
but then again I guess that's why I went ahead and ordered the other 3 that she
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-o
Great addition to The Emotion Thesaurus. I haven't used it yet but I checked it out from page 1 to the end and loved what I saw. ...more
A great accompaniment to "The Emotion Thesaurus"! And free on Kindle – can't beat that! ;) ...more
Ashley Nikole
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing-tools
ANOTHER FABULOUS resource for EVERY author!! Seriously--get thine hands on this resource!
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice add-on to The Emotion Thesaurus. The first one is still my go-to resource, but this has some new emotions that makes it worthwhile to get.
Lydia Coral
Very useful to have at hand while writing!
Erika Hayes
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
10/10 Ackerman does it again

Love it! Awesome just like everything I have read in this group of books. Love them all! 10/10 would recommend.
Jean Gordon
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great reference book.
Allan Walsh
Emotion Amplifiers by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi is really a reference book for authors to assist them with their writing. It is a companion to The Emotional Thesaurus which I have not read at this time, but based on this companion, I am interested in getting myself a copy.

The Bad Stuff: I know this is only a companion, but the book is very short and there are only about 14 pages of narrative to guide the reader on the use of the contents. The remainder of the book is reference material and
Dianna Winget
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy the whole series of Emotion Theasurus titles, and Emotion Amplifiers is no exception. These aren't necessarily the type of books you just pick up and read straight through, but rather the type you refer back to time and time again. I find them the most helpful when I'm doing final revisions on a new novel. ...more
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great ideas

I give it a five star rating because it gives a great list of examples to describe each amplifier. It is not very long, but does the job. I definitely recommend this to any new writer who is not experienced with describing the emotions affecting their characters.
D.G. Kaye
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a handy little guide for writers looking to amplify character emotions in their writing. The book offers different ideas to emphasize stressors, sensations and responses of emotional states, helping to convey emotion by showing character's feelings. ...more
I'm currently on the first draft of my novel, and I can't recommend this book (as well as the other books in this series) enough! It has been extremely helpful and it was only 99c on Kindle! I'd recommend it even if you aren't currently writing a book--you never know what might inspire you! ...more
Melyssa Winchester
This was a great book to go alongside the Emotion Thesaurus. Great investment and very well put together. Love it.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an indispensable reference guide for me in my daily writing life.

As a writer, showing and not telling is a huge issue and this book aids me in that aspect. From describing how people show emotion, to what goes on internally when personally experiencing an emotion, and to what is experienced when the emotion is suppressed, this book covers it all.

Now I've seen several reviews knocking this book for being obvious, but sometimes you're in the heat of writing battle and the feeling yo
Patrick Kelly
She has collected words that describe physical states -- thirst, cold, etc. and shows how these states can evoke an emotional experience for the reader. The amplifiers are 15 states that also make a character more volatile by increasing the stress level e.g. thirst becomes dehydration. Experiencing the emotion in turn evokes reader's memories, and most important tension.
I suppose this book could be used if you are writing a story and need to increase the tension in a chapter.
Conceivably this bo
D.A. Henneman
A wonderful companion to the Emotion Thesaurus! Set up just like the other books in this series, it lists the emotion, provides a definition along with physical signals, internal sensations, and mental responses. The further cues listed for each of the emotions are extremely helpful as prompts, especially when developing a new character.

Knowing why a character is doing something isn't always revealed to the reader but, in my opinion, needs to be understood by the writer at all times. I can see
Timothy Bateson
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great companion for writers

Writers always hear the words, “show don’t tell”, and that is exactly where this series of books comes in handy.
“Emotion Amplifiers” takes the description of emotional moments to a whole new level. With a wide range of physical symptoms, descriptors, and more, you’ll never find yourself hunting for a way to show the characters emotional state. Instead of telling the reader how the character feels, they’ll be reading the effects that emotional state is producin
Donald Standeford
Great source information for exhausted readers

I own all Angela Acerman reference books. These books are easy to use for study of setting, characters, and objects useful in any type of writing. It's like having a data base of solid concrete places, people and things ready for you to tap into when you feel your study of these things has gotten you as far as it can take you. Or, these books can be used to get some quick details for a light sketch of an area or character needed in a pinch
Jenness Jordan
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I read this book to help me enhance my characters which will add more depth and credibility to the story. With that said, I found this book to be helpful outside of the writing world too.
I found pieces of myself within the pages. There are ways to see others on the inside. These authors did a wonderful job with this resource. It can be a tool for more than just writers, therapists, those seeking to become therapists, counselors, doctors, nurses, and such.
I am excited to read and util
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great companion to The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression . New emotions are added with the same quality of suggestions about how best to convey them in writing. Think of it as an expansion to the first volume. I'm keeping both on hand when I'm drafting and finding it helpful to quickly move me forward when I feel stuck. ...more
Linda Berry
As an addition to Emotion Amplifiers, I find this book useful as a helpful tool in my writing arsenal. No book can elevate a writer to a whole new category of excellence, but this book is helpful when I just want to jar some fresh ideas loose. Helps me get out of a stuck place when trying to imagine ways to describe characters without resorting to tired and worn out cliches. Linda Berry is the author of Hidden Part One and Pretty Corpse.
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never thought I had a need for this kind of reference until I was mulling over my own work-in-progress and became stuck on how to address my character's emotional state during a particularly high stress event. Although the book is fairly short it did help to solidify what I needed to express and gave me a deeper sense of expression. I recommend all of Angela Ackerman's reference books for writers of any caliber.
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ANGELA ACKERMAN is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of 8 bestselling books for writers, including The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression (now an expanded 2nd Edition). Her books are available in eight languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world.

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