The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide To Character Expression Paperback – May 6 2012
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About 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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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 expressions to convey emotion. I focused on the eyes a lot. With great frequency, they: grew larger, narrowed, hardened, threw daggers and …. You get the idea. Sometimes I’d move up to the eyebrows, which: knit, met in the middle and danced a jig, furrowed, rose, fell and wrinkled. Urggggggh. So bad.
I’m using a variety of descriptors to show emotion. Whenever I catch myself thinking about the character’s eyes, I look up the emotion I want to describe in my new thesaurus and come up with something fresh. I think I’ve died and gone to a writer’s heaven.
The Structure of the Book:
The writers list 75 emotions in their table of contents, alphabetically from “adoration” to “worry.” Two full pages are devoted to each emotion. They define it, give physical signals, internal sensations, mental responses, and discuss longer term effects. It’s simply brilliant, and for me indispensable.
At the end of each emotion section they give a Writer’s Tip in a shaded box.
Here are my three favorites:
“When revising, look for instances where emotions are NAMED.Read more ›
dictionary and thesaurus. Thanks authors for writing this. Makes editing a lot easier and fun.
From my background as a Therapist I can offer the following - the collection of emotions presented here is precise and accurate and can help all levels of writer's go beyond basic emotion descriptions, thoughts, actions etcetera and enter into the subtleties of emotions such as the degree. For example, writing about a character who is mildly angry compared to enraged compared to resentment....
An indispensible resource for any writer.
Most recent customer reviews
Very helpful for finding new ways to demonstrate an emotion without having to explicitly identify it. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Christina
One of the best purchases I have made during my writing career.Published 5 months ago by Jenn Elliott
The book was a great aid writing and publishing my first novel.Published 5 months ago by MissLilThang