Friday, May 18, 2012
Emotion Thesaurus, A Writer's Guide to Character Expression
Recently I received the PDF copy of the Emotion Thesaurus, A Writers Guide to Character Expression.
It is written by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi.
They blog over at the Bookshelf Muse. I am a follower of their site and if you aren't already, I recommend you consider becoming a follower. Their site is a great benefit to writers.
There are 75 emotion entries in the book, starting with the first entry of Adoration.
With each entry, they tell the physical signals, internal sensations, mental responses, cues of acute or long term adoration and cues of suppressed adoration.
The last entry is Worry.
But this book is much, much more than just a thesaurus!
They talk about the power of emotion in our writing. They tell how dialogue is a proven vehicle for expressing a character’s thoughts, beliefs, and opinions. But to convey feelings well, a writer must also utilize nonverbal communication such as body language, internal sensations and thoughts.
The Emotion Thesaurus will help writers brainstorm new ideas for expressing a character’s emotional state. And, it will help you avoid common pitfalls such as telling, using cliched emotions and melodrama.
The book is also filled with writing tips throughout, such as:
WRITER’S TIP: Don’t get caught up on the eyes to convey emotion. While eyes are often the first thing we notice in real life, they provide very limited options for description possibilities as writers. Instead dig deeper, showing the how the character behaves through their body movement, actions and dialogue.
WRITER’S TIP: Smell triggers memory. Take advantage of this sense and build olfactory description into the scene. This will draw readers in and make them feel part of the action.
I have went through my PDF copy and copied and pasted all the writers tips and ran them off on my printer to have as easy reference. As a writer, I feel we can never have enough tips!
Here is a quote from me . . .
Some people say anyone can write, but writing a good story is what we strive for. Can everyone write a good story?
With the help of this book, we can all become better writers.
I highly recommend it.
You can order the book here or go over to their site and order the PDF, which is what I have.
Posted by Janet F. Smart on Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch.
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