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

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The Emotion Thesaurus is a tool for writers who want to convey character emotion effectively. It spotlights 75 emotions and the body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each. Also addressed are common emotion-related writing problems and methods to overcome them. This thesaurus encourages writers to show, not tell, emotion and is a brainstorming resource for any fiction project. More

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About Angela Ackerman

Angela Ackerman is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, as well as four other bestselling writing guides. A proud indie author, her books are available in six languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world.

She is also the co-founder of the popular site, Writers Helping Writers, as well as One Stop for Writers, an innovative online library packed with unique tools and resources to help writers elevate their storytelling. A big supporter of paying-it-forward and fostering community, Angela is pathologically helpful. She lives with her delightfully strange family in Calgary, Alberta.

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Review by: Brandon Cliffe on April 7, 2016 :
Life saver in many "Show not tell" situations. Must have for many aspiring or established writers!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Elisa Denk on Oct. 6, 2015 : (no rating)
Helpful. Handy. I like the tips, too!
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
Review by: Michael Haensel on Jan. 24, 2015 :
I'm thrilled after owning this book for just thirty seconds! Extensively done, including internal sensations and mental responses. Absolutely worth the asking price.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Vincent Miskell on March 23, 2013 :
This is such a handy reference that I recommend it highly to all fiction writers. Its listings are sure to inspire writers to keep looking for the right words, even when the thesaurus itself doesn't actually supply them. A look at the sample should convince most writers of its value.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Jessica L. Brooks on March 9, 2013 :
This compilation of information is priceless. Really. I can't imagine the time it took to put all of these facts together! I am adding it to my very short list of writing material that will always be recommended to any writer who asks which books they should keep handy at all times. They even went above and beyond... Like the additional note/descriptions at the bottom of the "sympathy" category, for instance: physical signals between males listing reactions guys might have! Love it. Highly recommended!
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
Review by: Nicole Gruebel on March 6, 2013 :
So far, I have only started with the intro and the first few emotions, but I can already say that this book will be very helpful for me and my writing in the future.
The chapters / emotions are described in a quite clear structure and the ebook offers links to related emotions and so on.
I particularly like the little writing tips of all sorts at the end of each chapter.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Misti Wolanski on Feb. 19, 2013 :
Fantastic resource; highly recommended.

Even if characters and emotions are a strong point in your writing, this book is still useful for those times when you're searching your brain for some ideas for how to illustrate a character. It's also useful for making sure you're at least familiar with a variety of options, even ones that you yourself don't experience.

The one thing that would make it better? If they provided a hyperlinked PDF file. I'd find that a lot easier to use on my computer. But it's handy anyway.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Review by: AM Gerber on Feb. 15, 2013 :
For the price, unbeatable. The content is extensive. They have a lot of it on their blog, but really, there isn't a reason not to support them for all the hard work they did... plus the book has a lot in it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Kevin McDonald Andrews on Dec. 13, 2012 :
This is the book I wish I had when I wrote my first Smashwords title: ‘The Star Alliance Chronicles: Crisis on the Rim’. Before I found the guide, I searched the internet exhaustively, and mostly in vain, for words and phrases that could help breathe emotional life into my characters. The guide is well thought out, easy to understand, and loaded with great examples of how to improve your narrative and communicate with your readers on an emotional level. In fact, I was so impressed with it that I purchased an extra copy for my editor and she was thrilled! Thank you for this fine publication…a must have in any writers toolkit.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Haley Whitehall on Aug. 21, 2012 :
Every writer should add this resource to their library. Writing character emotions is often difficult and this thesaurus makes it easier to convey what your character is feeling in a fresh way. Worth the money, but I wish there were a few more emotions covered like defiance.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: Julie Catherine Vigna on Aug. 14, 2012 :
I can't say enough about how valuable The Emotion Thesaurus is as an incredible resource for writers!

Angela and Becca, impressive writers themselves, have provided in-depth descriptions, suggestions and workable ways to improve your writing through concise descriptions of every possible character trait imaginable ... and then some. They have provided verbal and non-verbal definitions; how to avoid cliches, and how to use powerful expression to make your characters come alive for the reader.

I've been following Angela and Becca at "The Bookshelf Muse" for a long time, and they know what they're talking about. I definitely recommend this book as a "must-have" for all writers!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Review by: Rob Gilmour on June 30, 2012 :
Imaginative resource to provoke ideas for how to present emotional and mental states of characters in a novel. Certainly worth a few dollars. There is some repetition - but then there is in behaviour also. Useful.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: S.E. Larkin on May 15, 2012 : (no rating)
Awesome - Awesome - this is one heck of a writing tool!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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