- 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
- Average Customer Review: 1,392 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,410 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
About the Author
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.
school assignment, or writing a letter to motivate someone, this thesaurus will
It is not enough just to write that a character is angry,happy,or scared. A writer
needs to show that the character is all of those things. And that is not as easy as
This thesaurus will give the writer suggestions and ideas on how to show, Physical
Signs, Internal Sensations, Mental Responses, Long Term Cues, and Suppressed Cues,
It also shows, how and why, a writer needs to fill out a storyline, using emotion.
Because, as a writer, you want your readers to feel a connection with the characters, to
feel what they feel. Not just to be told that a character is terrified.
Make that happen, and your readers will what to see much more of your stories, and that is the
goal of every writer.