The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression by Becca PuglisiThe Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression by Becca Puglisi

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression

byBecca Puglisi, Angela Ackerman

Paperback | February 19, 2019

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The bestselling Emotion Thesaurus, often hailed as “the gold standard for writers” and credited with transforming how writers craft emotion, has now been expanded to include 55 new entries! 

One of the biggest struggles for writers is how to convey emotion to readers in a unique and compelling way. When showing our characters’ feelings, we often use the first idea that comes to mind, and they end up smiling, nodding, and frowning too much. 

If you need inspiration for creating characters’ emotional responses that are personalized and evocative, this ultimate show-don’t-tell guide for emotion can help. It includes:

  • Body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for 130 emotions that cover a range of intensity from mild to severe, providing innumerable options for individualizing a character’s reactions
  • A breakdown of the biggest emotion-related writing problems and how to overcome them
  • Advice on what should be done beforedrafting to make sure your characters’ emotions will be realistic and consistent 
  • Instruction for how to show hidden feelings and emotional subtext through dialogue and nonverbal cues
  • And much more!

The Emotion Thesaurus, in its easy-to-navigate list format, will inspire you to create stronger, fresher character expressions and engage readers from your first page to your last.

Title:The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character ExpressionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.64 inPublished:February 19, 2019Publisher:JADD PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0999296345

ISBN - 13:9780999296349

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite resource just got better! The Emotion Thesaurus (1st edition) has long been my go-to resource for adding authentic emotion to my writing. When Angela and Becca announced a 2nd edition, I wondered what more they could add to a resource that hasn’t failed me yet. A quick skim of the table of contents shows nearly twice as many emotion entries, and now includes betrayal, disillusionment, inadequate, vengeful, and oh so many more words we writers need! The format for each entry looks familiar, but these have been expanded as well. Each emotion now comes with a power verb list. (This might be my favorite new feature!) As with the original book, a writing tip concludes each entry. So, many new entries mean lots of new writing tips—thoughtful, challenging writing tips. If you’re tempted to skip the introduction to this new edition, don’t. Part psychology lesson in human behavior and part writing instruction, this one-two punch is the foundation for skillfully and effectively infusing our characters—and our readers—with authentic emotion. I always give away a copy of The Emotion Thesaurus at my writing workshops. My give-away just got better!
Date published: 2019-02-19