Just realized we haven’t posted in FOUR DAYS! Yikes! In our defense it has been a crazy week (more on that later). However, I don’t want to go any further without mentioning the latest tool in my box: The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression.
This handy guide provides unique insights into conveying your character’s emotions in a believable manner without being maudlin. There is a short instructive preface and then, the thesaurus arranged alphabetically by emotion. Each entry is divided into physical, internal and mental responses, along with a definition and more in depth details such as what a basic emotion may escalate into and how individuals may react when dealing with this emotion in an acute or long term manner.
Though originally clued in by my friend, Susan Kiernan-Lewis, it was when I needed some physical displays of bitterness in a character that I decided to look up the entire book. Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi to the rescue!
This is a great tool for writers and I hope you will take a moment to look it over. Meanwhile, its my bedtime, so – sweet dreams and happy writing.