I found a seriously cool book. For the record, this is a book that’s pretty exclusive to writers, and some of you may have already stumbled upon it. For those of you who haven’t heard of The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi, you have to check it out!
The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
Now, when I first downloaded The Emotion Thesaurus, I was expecting a regular thesaurus. I figured it would just be concentrated around different wording for emotional words. I’d heard from several people that it was extremely helpful, but I was blown away by what I actually found.
To start off, the first 10% of the book was an instructional introduction about how to best convey emotion through writing. I have an entire book on the subject that I’ve been struggling to get through, but I learned more in that 10% than in any of the chapters from the other book that I’ve tried to drag myself through. (The other book is a bit dull.)
The real magic behind this book is the thesaurus itself. There are 130 entries in the second edition of the book, and while I was expecting to find ten different words for love, I found almost sixty different physical descriptions for a character who is agitated. These aren’t just general, all purpose descriptions either. Everything is divided up between Physical Signals and Behaviors, Internal Sensations, Mental Responses, Acute or Long-Term Responses, and Signs That This Emotion is Being Suppressed. At the end of each entry, there are links to possible subsequent emotions, and a list of associated power verbs (hello, traditional thesaurus).
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And if that isn’t enough to have your huge writer heart singing, there is an entire series of these books! In fact, there are 7 thesauruses out right now. I personally have five from the list, but I haven’t had a chance to read more than the first one.
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression
The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Flaws
The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes
The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Personal and Natural Places
The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to City Spaces
The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma
The Occupation Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Jobs, Vocations, and Careers
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