The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression
The bestselling Emotion Thesaurus, often hailed as “the gold standard for writers” and credited with transforming how writers craft emotion, has now been expanded to include 55 new entries!
One of the biggest struggles for writers is how to convey emotion to readers in a unique and compelling way. When showing our characters’ feelings, we often use the first idea that comes...more
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Pretty fancy, huh? Each entry (emotion) has several descriptions that are divided into Physical Signals, Internal Sensations, Mental Responses, Cues of Acute (Insert Emotion Here) and Cues of Suppressed (Insert Emotion Here).
If you: are an observant person and/or reader (and have been reading for pleasure since you were a child), have practiced writing ...more
Every writer can learn something from this excellent resource. Look up the emotion your character is experiencing and you'll find physical signals, internal sensations, mental responses, cues of acute or long-term effects of said emotion, cues of suppressed emotion, a list of other emo ...more
I suspect this will become a go-to manual for me when I’m writing. Most of us get stuck in the middle of the writing road. This book offers a long list of ideas to get us going again — all neatly indexed and with suggestions on how that particular emotion might play out, and how it might escalate or mellow.
12% of this book is really helpful introduction and explanation with examples, and all of the rest is a list of emotions and how you can describe them in different ways. But like it's a looong list with lots of ideas.
Very helpful. 👍
Reading the rest of the series for sure. ...more
Angela and Becca have created a functional tool to enhance an author's writing and storytelling choices. The book is written in an easy-to-read-and-follow format, which is great for any writer, even high school and college students.
I especially liked the breakdown of words into Verbal and Nonverbal Communication, Physical Signals, Mental Respons ...more
If you've stared at the page and realized this was the th ...more
You can never get enough on the page. Good stories are filled with emotion. But writing it isn’t easy.
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression written and published by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi is an amazing resource for writers looking for the perfect word or phrase to capture a feeling.
Here’s what it’s done for me:
I relied on a small stable of words and expre ...more
The Emotion Thesaurus is a very good tool to help anyway who wants to write. The book is divided in 2 parts. The first part, the author explains motivations, story flow and how to keep things going. It is a very interesting tutorial and, to me, the best part of the book.
The second part is the thesaurus itself. For every emotion, you will see a definition, physica ...more
That’s where the Emotion Thesaurus 2nd Edition comes into play. Yes, the brilliant Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are back with an expanded edition of their first book. There are ...more
When I first learned about The Emotion Thesaurus I was intrigued. Was this like a regular thesaurus, but for emotions? Would I be able to look up any type of human emotion and find varying ways to portray it through prose that would help me avoid being redundant and stale? The answer to these questions is a definite YES.
What a brilliant idea it was to create this amazing resource for fiction writers! The authors of ...more
It’s not a book that you necessarily read from cover to cover (although you’re more than welcome to), it’s a resource that you open when trying to describe a particular (or several) emotions. What I love abou ...more
The bulk of of the text is made up of sections dedicated to many different emotions, where each section includes a list of ways to disp ...more
*insert endless pages of gushing here* <--Seriously, it's that good, but I have to get back to writing now. ...more
Such a great thing to have on hand while you add those all important layers to your MS.
Also, please check out their blog for many more descriptions, including places, types of weather, etc. And they have a great blog roll too :) X
Angela is also the co-fo ...more