- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2269 KB
- Print Length: 174 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: JADD Publishing (9 May 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00822WM2M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 1,810 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression Kindle Edition
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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
This is a one-of-a-kind resource for the writer. Offering synonyms (and more) for emotions of every stripe - as well as some sound writing advice throughout - this is just the sort of tome to have sitting within reach of the keyboard. A quick flip through the pages is sure to offer a plethora of new ideas and story possibilities. ~ K.M. Weiland, bestselling author of Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way To Success and Structuring Your Novel: Essential keys for Writing an Outstanding Story--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Angela is Canadian and loves her home near Calgary, Alberta, nestled close to the Rockies. She enjoys traveling with her family, exploring new and unusual places, and is constantly amazed at how the universe seems to bring along the people she needs to connect with at just the right time. The author of 6 bestselling resource books printed in 6 different languages, Angela enjoys sharing her passion for writing craft. She is a writing coach, international speaker, and a firm believer that writers succeed best together. The desire to help writers in new, innovative ways is a love she shares with Becca Puglisi and Lee Powell, and together the three formed One Stop for Writers®, a unique site filled with custom tools and writing resources built to help writers elevate their storytelling. In the fiction realm, Angela is sowing her wild oats, playing around with darker themes and interesting plot twists. Her audience of preference is middle grade and young adult, but lately she's been toying with trying an adult thriller on for size. Angela's foreign rights are being cared for by Marleen Seegers of 2 Seas Agency. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Experienced authors can use the lists as a reference to challenge themselves to go beyond what is listed and to create new and original ways of expressing their fictional characters' emotions.
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I don't know what I was expecting and I think maybe I had perhaps unfair expectations. I don't struggle finding the words to describe emotion in writing and I guess I thought I would find loads in here that I hadn't used or thought of, but to say that this book just literally lists the obvious ones (at least to me) is an understatement.
I suppose at the end of the day there are only so many ways you can describe each emotion, but this book just seems embarrassingly blatantly obvious. There are also main emotions not listed as a title such as shock which is a bit odd.
In all fairness the content of this book would be useful if you really do struggle describing the physical side of emotion otherwise it is totally pointless.
If I could get my money back for this I would.
I too bought the kindle version, and the formatting is poor. For example, the chapter title 'WRITING NONVERBAL EMOTION:AVOIDING COMMON PROBLEMS' and subtitle 'TELLING' in screaming caps takes up two thirds of the page, and lends the work an amateur feel. Perhaps the authors could fix this if they update the content?
There are a collection of other books in this series and I highly recommend them all.
Ben Hurren ('The Final Year' and 'Blood & Power')
Fluff for most of the book, table of contents at the back yet again and only a few pages of emotions. The first page of emotions lulled me into a false hope that there would be loads of pages of emotion names, like with the Positive traits book, but I was wrong... unfortunately it's more like the negative traits book.
If you're looking for a book that gives you loads of names of emotions, like I was, then you will be disappointed. If you want to teach your granny how to suck eggs then this might help. The positive traits was the most helpful book of the three for what I wanted.
Well laid out, easy to use. Fantastic for writers in all genres.
It’s refreshing to experience the depth of body language and facial expression that goes all-too-easily unexplored when writing. This is a handy one-stop tool kit to elevate your scenes and amplify your characters. They stop repeating the same worn reactions and, as an author, you curb the automatic habit of going for those known idioms. You develop some subtlety and variety. Your writing becomes a little more interesting.
With 75 emotions to explore, Angela and Becca have shut the door to clichés, and opened one to possibilities. Each entry is faultless in detail with a definition and list of physical signals, internal sensations, mental responses, cues of acute or long term symptoms, and signs of suppression.
I kept the thesaurus open every time I wrote a character interaction, and was delighted at the possibilities that opened up. Though there might be a handful of expressions which aren’t listed in this version, this is a perfect help for any amateur or experience writer who wants to elicit a little more emotion in their work. The ebook is sold at a generously low price, so I'd highly recommend the purchase.
Nonetheless, well worth the cost and it's proved invaluable in editing so far.
It takes the form of a dictionary which lists many emotions and then spends a couple of pages on each, giving examples of physical symptoms, sensations, cues, responses and much more.
I don't write as much as I would like to and I think that this will help.