one-stop-for-writers-badge-xsmallBelow are samples of our current thesaurus collections containing hundreds of descriptive entries to help you add texture and authenticity to your writing. 

For the fully developed version of each collection, please visit their permanent home at One Stop For Writers®.

NEW! Occupation Thesaurus: What job should your character have? What does this say about his goals, passions, or priorities? Careers are important not only for helping define your characters but also as a means of furthering their overall story goals.

Character Motivation Thesaurus: What’s your character’s overall goal? Why does he want it so badly? What might he have to sacrifice in order to achieve it? What roadblocks could stand in his way? Flesh out your character’s inner and outer goals, as well as their inner and outer conflict, so it all makes the most sense for you and for readers.

Weather & Earthly Phenomenon Thesaurus (Samples): Create the perfect mood and atmosphere for your scene using emotion-targeted sensory description.

Physical Feature Thesaurus (Samples): Hone in on your character’s specific physical features to describes them in a compelling and memorable way, all the while providing clues to the reader about who they really are.

positive-and-negative-thesaurus-books-2Character Trait Thesaurus (Samples): Browse this collection of cardinal personality profiles which have been expanded to become The Positive Thesaurus & The Negative Thesaurus books. The complete collections can also be found at One Stop For Writers®.

Color, Texture, and Shape Thesaurus (Samples): Add layers to your description by choosing the perfect comparison, simile, or metaphor for different shapes, colors, and textures in the natural and urban worlds.

The Setting Thesaurus DuoSetting Thesaurus (Samples): Make your scene descriptions come alive by including smells, sights, tastes, sounds, and textures to your setting. Over 100 different fictional settings are profiled here—a sampling of the 225 expanded and enhanced entries that are available in the Urban & Rural Setting Thesaurus books. The complete collection can also be found at One Stop For Writers®.

Symbolism and Motif Thesaurus (Samples): Deepen the meaning of your story through the use of iconic symbolism for different literary themes (the passage of time, coming of age, etc.).

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000046_00058]Emotion Thesaurus (Samples): Avoid frowns, shrugs, smiles, and eye rolls as you craft unique body language, thoughts, visceral sensations, and action for any emotion your character chooses to express. This sample of blog entries has been expanded into the comprehensive Emotion Thesaurus reference book and enhanced even further at One Stop For Writers®.

The Talent and Skill Thesaurus: Add authenticity to your characters by giving them skills or talents that make them unique and interesting.

Emotional Wound Thesaurus (Samples): Emotional wounds from the past have the power to greatly impact our characters’ personalities and choices in the future. Get to know your characters intimately by choosing the right emotional wound; understanding its effects will enable you to write realistic, fully-formed characters that resonate with readers and make sense for your story. The full and enhanced version of this thesaurus can be found at One Stop For Writers®.

Emotion Amplifiers High ResNEW TO OUR BOOKS?

Start out with our free ebooklet, Emotion Amplifiers. This small companion for our popular Emotion Thesaurus contains some bonus entries on states that cause characters to become more emotionally volatile, like Stress, Hunger, Pain, and Attraction. It’s great for adding tension, creating complications, and encouraging your character to make mistakes.


If you are a fan of our strange yet incredibly helpful books and want to know when the next one will be available (The Emotional Wound Thesaurus), just add your email here. We’ll fire off a quick notification as soon as it hits the shelves.  🙂

















  1. GUHAN S says:

    Hello Interested in hearing and reading ur books online.

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  3. Stephanie Heijkoop says:

    What are you working on next? 🙂

  4. Victoria Nicole says:

    I am a professional international psychologist with two minors; business management and english (lit) I need a thesaurus or online, I do not care, that I can get to easily, or have it attached already to my word: to purpose different wording possibilities. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, I would be grateful and appreciative

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  7. Hugh Hoinea says:

    I would like to order one copy of, Emotional Thesaurus.

    • Hi, Hugh. I’m so glad you’re interested in getting a copy of The Emotion Thesaurus. We don’t sell them directly but use distributors to do that for us. This page contains links to the various places it can be bought, including Indiebound, which will show you any independent bookstores near you that carry our book. Please let us know if you have any trouble. Have a great week!

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  9. M. Howard says:

    There’s so much I need to learn about writing well. Mostly I concentrate on good plots. Thanks for what you do.

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