The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression Summary

The bestselling Emotion Thesaurus, often hailed as “the gold standard for writers” and credited with transforming how writers craft emotion, has now been expanded to include 56 new entries! 

One of the biggest struggles for writers is how to convey emotion to readers in a unique and compelling way. When showing our characters’ feelings, we often use the first idea that comes to mind, and they end up smiling, nodding, and frowning too much. 

If you need inspiration for creating characters’ emotional responses that are personalized and evocative, this ultimate show-don’t-tell guide for emotion can help. It includes:

• Body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for over 130 emotions that cover a range of intensity from mild to severe, providing innumerable options for individualizing a character’s reactions
• A breakdown of the biggest emotion-related writing problems and how to overcome them
• Advice on what should be done before drafting to make sure your characters’ emotions will be realistic and consistent 
• Instruction for how to show hidden feelings and emotional subtext through dialogue and nonverbal cues
• And much more!

The Emotion Thesaurus, in its easy-to-navigate list format, will inspire you to create stronger, fresher character expressions and engage readers from your first page to your last.

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Extremely Helpful For Pro & Beginner Writers5 star

This is so detailed it’s scarcely credible. You’ll find everything you need and more about emotions and reactions in this easy to navigate book. I’ve been writing for some time now but I’ve never been able to show my characters’ emotions very well—that is, until I got this book. Let me tell you, this will help tremendously! I highly recommend this to beginners and professional writers!55


A must-have for all writers!5 star

I purchased this after hearing about it from a writing blog, and let me tell you—I wish I had gotten it sooner! It’s perfect for all writers, amateurs and professionals alike. It’s easy to use and gives incredible advice. 10/10. Perfect.55

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