The Emotion Thesaurus: a Writer's Guide to Character Expression

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One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character's emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by highlighting 75 emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each.

Using its easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in intensity to match any emotional moment. The Emotion Thesaurus also tackles...

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Overview

One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character's emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by highlighting 75 emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each.

Using its easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in intensity to match any emotional moment. The Emotion Thesaurus also tackles common emotion-related writing problems and provides methods to overcome them.

This writing tool encourages writers to show, not tell emotion and is a creative brainstorming resource for any fiction project.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781475004953
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/6/2012
  • Pages: 174
  • Sales rank: 39,997
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are the creators of the award winning online resource for writers, The Bookshelf Muse. Members of SCBWI, both authors write in the Middle Grade and Young Adult genres.
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  • Posted November 2, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This book is great to help find the words for emotions or body language to express them. The authors want you to see what they've found for the alphabetized list--from adoration to worry--and suggest you think of others that might reflect your character more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Great resource for writers

    There are many ways for writers to express a character's emotions, this handy book makes it easier than ever. In an easy-to-use format, the authors give examples of physical manifestations of emotion, body language, and mental processes. It helps authors enrich their prose while avoiding cliches. A terrific addition to any writer's resource library.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2014

    Helpful and Handy

    The Emotion Thesaurus is put together well. Suggestions are logical choices and directions for an author. I think it's especially handy and useful for newer writers. The one negative IMO was some of the suggested changes were too obvious and can be overused. I'd like to see a wider variety.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    5/5 stars

    5/5 stars

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  • Posted May 20, 2014

    Great If You Need A Jump-Start

    The authors describe their book as a place to start. I say, if you've already started and you're stuck, this is your jump-start.

    I found myself running through the various emotions, the descriptions and the characteristics given and, for me, it became something of a game. I'd imagine different circumstances and ask 'Do people really get pale when this happens?' 'Do they really laugh nervously when that goes wrong?' When I went to my favorite coffee shop, I found myself not just eavesdropping on conversations but noticing people's appearance and body language. I found myself analyzing what those things told me about the speaker and his or her emotions and making notes on how I could use that information.

    What I like best about the book is that it's simple, very easy to use, and it slows you down so you stop and notice the details the will make your character real. I'm keeping it handy--for the next time I get stuck.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    I would recommend this book to any writer.  The examples help to

    I would recommend this book to any writer.  The examples help to fuel your mind with ideas beyond the ordinary. Great add to my collection. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Your Boat Has Come In

    Writers, if you only get one book, this is the one to get.

    We've all read that emotion in writing is supposed to go beyond "He smiled" or "she blushed". This is the only book out there I've found that actually shows you how to do that. And not only does it give you dozens of fantastic options for displaying each emotion (or how your character might try to hide them), but every page includes a tip for how to go deeper and intrigue your readers more.

    If you're tired of being told how to write without any way of implementing suggestions regarding character emotion, this is your book. I for one am looking forward to the installations coming out this summer! They're already on my "buy" list. :D

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

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    Extremely Helpful!

    As a first time writer I needed a bit of help in the Show vs. Tell Department. This book was perfect for that. A must have for anyone in the writing field!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Excellent resource...

    Works great with my particular style of writing. If you're tired of every character widening their eyes when they're surprised, and want some variety, this book is for you.

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