Today, I’ve just added another thesaurus to my reference book collection, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. By learning how to evoke reader emotion with compelling characters, I’m planning to improve my writing as well as help my clients with theirs.
For most of my adult life, Roget’s International Thesaurus has been one of my most valuable resources. Whether with my editor’s or writer’s hat on, I love looking up synonyms and antonyms!
My erstwhile client, David Alomes, who wrote the sci-fi novel First Adult, recommended The Emotion Thesaurus to me. Thanks, David!
I downloaded the e-book and the process was quick, painless and oh-so-cheap! On Kobo, the site I chose, I was offered a $5 credit as a new customer and paid only $3.40. The site then automatically directed me to download the free Kobo app, which was quick and easy.
You can also buy the print version of The Emotion Thesaurus.
I’ve only skimmed the book so far, as I have clients to please before I can read it through! But one of the first sections I came across is an issue I’m often bringing to the attention of the lovely writers I work with: showing not telling. The book gives great examples. You’re left in no doubt how to handle this tricky yet doable dilemma. When you get it right, it is immensely satisfying.
Are you trying to evoke reader emotion with compelling characters, but struggling to do so? Then I do recommend you consider this book. As the synopsis says, ‘One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character’s emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by highlighting 75 emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each.’
Seventy-five emotions! Well, that’s a good start…
Call me if you’d like help with your writing project.