Review: The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi

The Emotion ThesaurusSource: Won from Savannah Foley
Publisher: JADD Publishing
Edition: Paperback, 164 pages
Genre: Writing Resource
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*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases

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.

Using its easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in intensity to match any emotional moment. The Emotion Thesaurus also tackles common emotion-related writing problems and provides methods to overcome them.

This writing tool encourages authors to show, not tell emotion and is a creative brainstorming resource for any fiction project

Yes, you’re seeing this page right. I’m reviewing a thesaurus! But this isn’t just any old run of the mill thesaurus this is all about emotions! I’ve been eyeing this for a while, so when I won it I actually squealed a bit, which I must say is a first for me.

Before you even get to the thesaurus you get a nice two part introduction to using emotion effectively in what ever you are writing along with some helpful tidbits on getting it to work better. Then of course we get to the meat of the book. I love the way the pages are setup. We are given the definition, physical signals, internal feelings, mental responses, cues of acute or longer term versions of the feeling, what emotions it can lead to and what it looks like when it’s suppressed. There are even great writer tips on each emotion’s page. There are 75 emotion entries and it covers everything!

I’ve been working on my latest NaNoWriMo project so this book is getting a wrok out right now. I’ve found it incredibly helpful for scenes where I want to describe how someone feels but since I know someone doesn’t want to read ‘her eyes were filled with sadness’ it’s great to be able to flip this open and grab some ideas on how to get my character to portray the emotion without just out and out saying it. I love te little writer tips at the end of each entry as well, because they help with all kind of writing issues like the need for varying sentacne structure and the overuse of visual/audio cues.

If you are a writer then I definitely recommend this. It’s been such a help and I honestly think it’s brillant that these ladies came up with something so genius! They also have a Positive Trait Thesaurus and Negative Trait Thesaurus that I really want, so be sure to check those out as well!

5 stars

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9 Responses to Review: The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi

  1. I love that you reviewed a thesaurus! This looks amazing. I must have this book!

  2. Wow Michelle, this is a unique review lol. Very cute that you were super excited when your thesaurus came in. Hope your nano is going well!

  3. This seems like it would be useful for a lot of different writing projects!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  4. beccapuglis says:

    Michelle, thanks so much for your wonderful review of The Emotion Thesaurus. Angela and I are always so excited to see it doing what it’s supposed to do for writers all over the place. And anytime a squeal is involved, that’s just an added bonus for us ;). Thanks again! And best of luck with NaNo!

  5. Great review, this sounds like a book that belongs on many a writer’s desk!

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