Currently Reading “The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression” by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

I can’t really categorize this as “Currently Reading”: it’s more like a “Perpetual Read.”
This book will be extremely beneficial to any writer.  Give it 5 Stars.

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The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression
by Angela Ackerman @AngelaAckerman
and Becca Puglisi @beccapuglisi

Kindle Edition
SmashWords Multi Format Editions
Paperback Edition

I discovered this little gem purely be accident. Looking through each of the categories I’m impressed with the information provided by the two authors, but it’s not a read once kind of book. You’ll keep returning again and again for some little insight you’ll need: some aspect of an emotion no matter how small or insignificant it might seem at the time. I guess it will  continually be in the category of “Currently Reading.”

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Here is an example of a rewrite of something I wrote before:

Original:

She stepped out of the shower and walked past the pile of dirty and torn clothes she discarded over a half-hour ago. As she approaching the mirror she could see the scratches on her face and neck as well as a large bruise on the left side of her face. Then she was face to face with the image looking back, her breath fogging the mirror with each breath. When her fingers touched the reflection, tears slowly welled in her eyes and gently rolled down her cheeks.

A whisper came from her lips, “Who are you?”

Rewrite:

She looked around stepping out of the shower, walking past the pile of dirty and torn clothes she discarded over a half-hour ago. She felt her heart beating as she approaching the mirror noticing the scratches on her face and neck and a large bruise on the left side of her face. Now face to face with the image looking back, her breath fogged the mirror with each breath. When her trembling fingers touched the reflection, a drop of water slid down the glass like a tear mirroring the one in her eye that gently rolled down her left cheek.

A dry whisper came from her lips, “Who are you?”

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I think the second one sound a little better.

A nice supplement to the book is “EMOTION AMPLIFIERS: A COMPANION TO THE EMOTION THESAURUS” which can be downloaded from their blog as a PDF as well as other descriptive Thesauri to help us all such as:  The Weather Thesaurus, The Character Traits Thesaurus, The Color, Textures and Shapes Thesaurus, The Setting Thesaurus, and The Symbolism Thesaurus.   You will find everything here very useful.  It’s one of the best writing blogs I’ve come across.

— Product Description —

When it comes to writing fiction, emotion is key. In order to capture the reader’s empathy and allegiance, you must convey character emotion

effectively. The Emotion Thesaurus is a tool that enables you to accomplish this by

* highlighting 75 universal emotions and the internal and external cues associated with them.
* identifying common emotion-related writing problems and how to overcome them.
* suggesting logical escalations from one emotion to the next.
* showing cues associated with acute and suppressed emotions.

Authors, teachers, and students agree that The Emotion Thesaurus is a convenient and helpful resource for reaching past clichéd emotional phrases and

coming up with fresh ways to express what their characters are feeling. Its user-friendly list format makes it easy to understand and easy to find

exactly you need.

— From The SmashWords Product Page —

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About John Van Vliet

Author of the soon to be released "The H'Rhophyan Chronicles", a Fantasy Adventure Serial.
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