The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide To Character Expression unknown Edition
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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.
The print is a great, readable size. (Good to know for those with vision issues, and those who like a larger print). I purchased the second book in this series 'The Negative Emotion Thesaurus' and while it packs in more 'emotion' which is great, I was disappointed the print was much smaller.
The emotions are listed in easy to find alphabetical order.
The introduction section is very well thought out. Very helpful!
There are awesome writer's tips' strewn throughout.
Not much, really. The only thing I think they could have improved on is adding more emotions. Apathy, bewildered, daring, docile, rebellious, etc.
I recommend it and would buy this book again.
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I don't know what I was expecting and I think maybe I had perhaps unfair expectations. I don't struggle finding the words to describe emotion in writing and I guess I thought I would find loads in here that I hadn't used or thought of, but to say that this book just literally lists the obvious ones (at least to me) is an understatement.
I suppose at the end of the day there are only so many ways you can describe each emotion, but this book just seems embarrassingly blatantly obvious. There are also main emotions not listed as a title such as shock which is a bit odd.
In all fairness the content of this book would be useful if you really do struggle describing the physical side of emotion otherwise it is totally pointless.
If I could get my money back for this I would.
I too bought the kindle version, and the formatting is poor. For example, the chapter title 'WRITING NONVERBAL EMOTION:AVOIDING COMMON PROBLEMS' and subtitle 'TELLING' in screaming caps takes up two thirds of the page, and lends the work an amateur feel. Perhaps the authors could fix this if they update the content?
There are a collection of other books in this series and I highly recommend them all.
Ben Hurren ('The Final Year' and 'Blood & Power')
Fluff for most of the book, table of contents at the back yet again and only a few pages of emotions. The first page of emotions lulled me into a false hope that there would be loads of pages of emotion names, like with the Positive traits book, but I was wrong... unfortunately it's more like the negative traits book.
If you're looking for a book that gives you loads of names of emotions, like I was, then you will be disappointed. If you want to teach your granny how to suck eggs then this might help. The positive traits was the most helpful book of the three for what I wanted.
Well laid out, easy to use. Fantastic for writers in all genres.
It’s refreshing to experience the depth of body language and facial expression that goes all-too-easily unexplored when writing. This is a handy one-stop tool kit to elevate your scenes and amplify your characters. They stop repeating the same worn reactions and, as an author, you curb the automatic habit of going for those known idioms. You develop some subtlety and variety. Your writing becomes a little more interesting.
With 75 emotions to explore, Angela and Becca have shut the door to clichés, and opened one to possibilities. Each entry is faultless in detail with a definition and list of physical signals, internal sensations, mental responses, cues of acute or long term symptoms, and signs of suppression.
I kept the thesaurus open every time I wrote a character interaction, and was delighted at the possibilities that opened up. Though there might be a handful of expressions which aren’t listed in this version, this is a perfect help for any amateur or experience writer who wants to elicit a little more emotion in their work. The ebook is sold at a generously low price, so I'd highly recommend the purchase.
Nonetheless, well worth the cost and it's proved invaluable in editing so far.
It takes the form of a dictionary which lists many emotions and then spends a couple of pages on each, giving examples of physical symptoms, sensations, cues, responses and much more.
I don't write as much as I would like to and I think that this will help.