Together, Angela and Becca host Writers Helping Writers (formerly The Bookshelf Muse), an award-winning online resource that offers a number of different thesauri to aid authors in their descriptive writing efforts. You can visit them online at


The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes

The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Flaws


First and foremost, we want to thank readers of The Bookshelf Muse and Writers Helping Writers for their support, encouragement, and kind words. You made us see the need for a book version of The Emotion Thesaurus, and your belief in us made it happen.

We also want to acknowledge the very important members of our first critique group: Helen (Bookish), Roy (Grampy), Madeline (Maddog), Joan (Unohoo), and Laura (Goofus). These Critique Circle writers helped us kick start this list and our respective writing careers. Our deepest appreciation also goes to our friend and editor Sharon, who encouraged us when we needed it most.

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