- Paperback: 172 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; unknown edition (May 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1475004958
- ISBN-13: 978-1475004953
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,355 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of the challenges a fiction writer faces, especially when prolific, is coming up with fresh ways to describe emotions. This handy compendium fills that need. It is both a reference and a brainstorming tool, and one of the resources I'll be turning to most often as I write my own books. - James Scott Bell, bestselling author of Deceived and Plot & Structure
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Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are bestselling authors, writing coaches, and international speakers. Their books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. Angela and Becca also co-founded their popular Writers Helping Writers site, a hub where authors can hone their craft, as well as One Stop For Writers, an innovative online library built to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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I'm rounding up because my only complaint is that I couldn't find a linked list/index to go from one entry to the next, back, or otherwise. I am going to search around the book to see if it does indeed exist and to see if it merely escaped me on my first pass. I'll knock off half a star for that, but I'm going to round up because this truly is a wonderful writing aid. (I'll amend my review if I locate it or if someone points it out.)
A wide variety of emotions are given in this book, each of the entries supplying information on the overall effects each emotional state has on people, from what others might notice or see to what a person might feel inside. Thus, it's a wonderful tool for examples in any point of view and wonderfully supports the modern, accepted style: third person limited. However, this tool could just as easily be used for any style or point of view.
In my opinion, this guide could be useful to both new and experienced writers of fiction. For the former, this is an amazing resource for learning how to write convincing characters and see how emotions translate into writing (then, hopefully, provoking sympathy, empathy, or whatever feeling you wish to evoke in the reader). For the latter, I would say that this can easily be a go-to reference for experienced writers to shake things up a bit and to avoid the long hours of research it would require to do the legwork already done in this guide. I've loaded this book onto my Kindle, and it's ready to go, along with my thesaurus, dictionary, and other reference material. This is one book that will be permanently loaded onto my device.
This book is well organized - It's very easy to find the emotion you need. For each emotion they give a basic definition, physical signals, internal sensations, mental, etc. descriptions that usually apply to that emotion.
Some of the 1star people here I guess expected this book to write their story for them. That's not what it's for! It's to help writer to see all the aspects of that emotion and help the writer come up with a creative way to use those emotions in their stories. For ex: Instead of saying "Max was mad at Joe." You can look up that emotion and come up with something better like, "Max was seething at the very sight of Joe" That's a simplistic example, but hopefully gives you an idea of how to use this book.
I absolutely love it! And I hope they will publish more like it! I'd love to see a Thesaurus for perhaps covering settings, battles, fantasy, sci fi, etc...