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The Writing Bible: The Emotion Thesaurus and The Emotion Amplifiers

Okay, so weeks ago, I started this post on books I think every author needs to invest in. These books are a great asset that will help you to write stronger compelling characters that have loads of strengths and flaws, describe settings like a busy city, using all your senses, not just sight, and take that next step in becoming a great writer.

After the posts, I’m going to speak about their writing tools that they have available to build your characters, and plan your story. I’m currently on the free two weeks plan, and man, I’m bowled over. You will have access to the seven books that I’m going to speak about as well as others that they haven’t published yet (don’t know if they are going to – It might be something exclusive to their writing tool)

So let’s get into the fourth book.

The Emotions: TheSaurus is all about human emotions. From Aggravation, to love, jealousy, anxiety. You name it, the emotion is probably in here. One way to know whether you are telling a story is through emotions, do you list emotions, say for instance, ‘he was happy, he was angry.’

Then you can bet your sweet writer’s heart that you are telling. Rather try to show that emotion. What does your character go through when he is happy? How do they act when they are angry? Do they bang on tables, does it look like a vein on their forehead is going to pop? This is where the Emotion: TheSaurus are coming in.

They list all sorts of emotions. Give you the description of that emotion, what it means, and then go into an entire list of what your body goes through while experiencing that emotion. So many action beats to choose from as well as inner feelings. Like a twisted stomach or a pulsing headache, maybe a heart pounding so fast that it makes you dizzy. 

I got the information below from the writers helping writers website. You can also purchase your copy on there or browse through the sample to see how gold this boo is.

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 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!

This edition of 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.

The book that goes with this one is the Emotion Amplifiers.

Got the information below straight from their website at Writers helping Writers where you can purchase the pdf.

When writing fictional characters, it’s hugely important to convey their emotions effectively so readers will be drawn in and become invested in those characters. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression was written to help writers convey the quality and depth of their characters’ feelings through their thoughts, body language, and visceral reactions. But there are also ways to amplify what a character is feeling, thereby heightening his emotional responses.

In this short companion guide to the bestselling The Emotion Thesaurus, we explore 15 common states that naturally galvanize emotion. States like exhaustion, boredom, illness, pain, and extreme hunger can push characters to the limit, compromising their decision-making abilities and decreasing the likelihood of them reaching their goals. Emotion Amplifiers is a great tool for any writer wishing to tighten the screws on their characters and amp up the volatility and vulnerability in their stories.

What are you waiting for? Next time I’m going to speak about the Rural and the Urban Setting. Great novels. 

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