- 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: 1,363 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,139 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.
I love how this book gives associated emotions, as well as signs that a character will potentially exhibit under each emotion. It digs deep by talking not only about external signs, but internal as well, giving writers significantly more to play with in the wording of their novels. I keep all three of these books near at hand every time I sit down to write, and they are never goino anywhere. A must have for aspiring authors and authors alike who are looking to create a unique and lasting dialogue.
I really enjoy the "May Escalate too" section for each emotion which gives a logical progression of emotional changes in characters that I hadn't thought of!
Angela and Becca believe that emotions are the core of good characters. "Without emotion," they say, "a character's personal journey is pointless." This is true, but how do we translate that emotion into print to provide a rich and satisfying experience for the reader? The Emotion Thesaurus provides answers to that question and a whole lot more.
The introduction discusses the significance of showing versus telling, the power of emotion, and the importance of verbal and nonverbal communication. Also discussed is the misuse of backstory, utilizing setting, and identifying root and visceral emotions, among other things. The authors' friendly instruction and encouragement continues as they share tips on maintaining this tricky balance.
Since this is a thesaurus, the bulk of the book of course, focuses on the alphabetical entries. From "Adoration" to "Worry", each entry includes the definition, physical signals, internal sensations, mental responses, emotional cues, and a writer's tip. For example, the physical signals for Loneliness include a longing gaze, sullenness, talking to oneself, a heavy sigh, and two dozen other ways to illustrate a lonely character. Internal sensations are insomnia and fatigue, and mental responses include avoiding crowds or social situations.
This ingenious book aids the brainstorming process by lending a hearty dose of information and inspiration. The Emotion Thesaurus is a resource that's provided a creative boost for both my fiction and nonfiction writing. I highly recommend it!