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

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

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by Angela Ackerman
     
 

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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

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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
02/01/2016
This alphabetical list of 75 emotions with corresponding body language gestures is a handy reference that will keep writers showing instead of telling.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781475004953
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
05/06/2012
Pages:
174
Sales rank:
38,407
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
1 - 17 Years

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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The Emotion Thesaurus: a Writer's Guide to Character Expression 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
mbWA More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Ebony 7 months ago
A must have for any writer! I use this book frequently and it is well worth the money!
miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
Absolutely indispensable, as are all the other books in the series. Raises your writing to a much higher level.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great tool for any writer to use!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As complete as Roget's providing the entire range of emotion, the range of thoughts, feelings and actions in each emotion. Prompts succinct writing without melodrama. Use this to help trust your reader.
amosa More than 1 year ago
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.
vleighwrites More than 1 year ago
5/5 stars
RainyGirl More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
zuze-q More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
__AJA__ More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EffervesceBookworm More than 1 year ago
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!