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The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression Kindle Edition
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I don't know what I was expecting and I think maybe I had perhaps unfair expectations. I don't struggle finding the words to describe emotion in writing and I guess I thought I would find loads in here that I hadn't used or thought of, but to say that this book just literally lists the obvious ones (at least to me) is an understatement.
I suppose at the end of the day there are only so many ways you can describe each emotion, but this book just seems embarrassingly blatantly obvious. There are also main emotions not listed as a title such as shock which is a bit odd.
In all fairness the content of this book would be useful if you really do struggle describing the physical side of emotion otherwise it is totally pointless.
If I could get my money back for this I would.
I too bought the kindle version, and the formatting is poor. For example, the chapter title 'WRITING NONVERBAL EMOTION:AVOIDING COMMON PROBLEMS' and subtitle 'TELLING' in screaming caps takes up two thirds of the page, and lends the work an amateur feel. Perhaps the authors could fix this if they update the content?
The thesaurus is, yet again, in depth and fully comprehensive. Each word is looked at in different ways, including definition, physical signals of that emotion, internal sensations, mental responses, clues of actuate or long term adoration, cues of suppressed adoration (these last two are from the word adoration.)
There is enough in here for even the more experienced of writers and new writers will find this to be invaluable. Another one which I highly recommend.
Perhaps it makes me a little lazy, finding the answers to how to depict emotional responses both internally and externally, without having to wrack my brain to come up with my own ideas. But that's ok; it offers me plenty of choice and saves so much time, I can live with that!
I have recommended it to every member of my professional writers group, and I do the same to you: if you want to master that old chestnut: show, don't tell, this is the book for you.
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