The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression

Struggle with how to show, not tell a character’s feelings? Need help creating fresh body language that doesn’t come off as stale or cliché? 

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression is a writer’s best friend, helping to navigate the difficult terrain of showing character emotion. Through an easy-to-use list format, this brainstorming tool explores seventy-five emotions and provides a large selection of body language, internal sensations, actions and thoughts associated with each.

For more information on this bestselling writing resource, read a few of the over 1000 reviews left by writers just like you or visit Goodreads and add it to your list. You can also click on the image below for a free preview.

The Emotion Thesaurus is used by editors, agents and authors worldwide and is required reading for several University-level Creative Writing programs in the United States. It has also been translated into multiple languages.

Emotion Thesaurus Buzz: 

“One of the challenges a fiction writer faces, especially when prolific, is coming up with fresh ways to describe emotions. This handy compendium fills that need. It is both a reference and a brainstorming tool, and one of the resources I’ll be turning to most often as I write my own books.”
~ James Scott Bell, bestselling author of Deceived and Plot & Structure

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  58. LeslieZ says:

    I find myself recommending this great resource all the time – so I posted a brief blurb on my blog. Thank you so much for a wonderful tool!
    http://zampettilw.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/once-more-with-feeling/

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  64. Godel Fishbreath says:

    The Emotional Thesaurus is a great work. But it could use some more links between emotions, back links to places already linked, etc.
    For example:
    MAY ESCALATE TO: LOVE, DESIRE, FRUSTRATION, HURT
    CUES OF SUPPRESSED ADORATION:

    But Love, Desire etc do not back link to Adoration. And Adoration does not side link to its opposite, nor to Envy. There are many links missing. It would be better with a better link pack.
    And I could, in the future, note emotions that are not lisMAY ESCALATE TO: LOVE, DESIRE, FRUSTRATION, HURT

    CUES OF SUPPRESSED ADORATION:ted.
    Maybe I and others could help?

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  68. pam says:

    Hi Angela,
    Book looks interesting. 75 emotions! I thought I had only 4. 😉 Will check it out on Amazon.
    PS – I noticed the word “not” seems to be missing from this sentence: “Need help creating fresh body language that does come off as stale or cliché?” Sorry, couldn’t figure out how to reach you with a private message.

    • Pam thanks! How embarrassing–so glad you caught that. It’s funny, you look at something so much, you cease to “see” it…this is why proofreaders and critique partners are worth their weight in gold!

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  70. Shirley Artson says:

    I have not purchased your book, but I fully intend to do so. I’m a new writer and I have been looking for good tools and resources.

    • Thanks so much, Shirley–I hope it helps! Amazon has the search inside feature that helps show what this book is like, because it’s not a typical writing book. have a peek if you like!

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