The Writer’s Bookshelf: Recommended References and Writing Resources (Episode 29: Discussing “The Emotion Thesaurus” by Angela Ackerman & Bella Puglisi )

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Remember that one time your character “narrowed his eyes,” or “shuffled his feet,” or “rolled his eyes” when something demanded him to offer an emotional response? Remember when he did it again? And again? And so on?

Don’t you wish you were astute enough to mention how your character’s response to boredom was not to “tap his fingers against the desk” but to “pick at his bowl of Cheetos because it gives him something to do”?

Then welcome back to The Writer’s Bookshelf because today you’re in luck. Our focus book this week is The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Bella Puglisi (even though the example I gave you is actually from their companion e-book, Emotion Amplifiers). Its purpose is to help you create moments in fiction that express character emotion rather than talk about it, giving you a wide berth for creating compelling action. It also helps you to figure out what types of characters you have when you explore the many options they may have for responding to stimuli, all the while helping you to break the habit of relying on the same three expressions over and over and over. It’s pretty revolutionary.

Check out my video discussing it for more information.

Or save yourself a half an hour and just buy the book now because you’re gonna want this one. Details below.

Note: This article refers to the book’s Second Edition (with 130 definitions as opposed to the original 75).

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

by Angela Ackerman & Bella Puglisi

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Amazon Metadata:

·  Paperback: 302 pages

·  ISBN-10: 0999296345

·  ISBN-13: 978-0999296349

·  Publisher: JADD Publishing; 2nd ed. edition (February 14, 2019)

If you also want to get the companion e-book, here’s that information:

Emotion Amplifiers

by Angela Ackerman & Bella Puglisi

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Amazon Metadata:

·  Print length : 65 pages

·  ASIN : B00QMLW34M

·  Publisher : JADD Publishing (December 4, 2014)

Additional Note: Buying direct from their website gives you access to a PDF version if you’d rather keep the formatting intact.

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The Writer’s Bookshelf: Recommended References and Writing Resources (Episode 28: Discussing “Writer’s Guide to Character Traits” by Linda N. Edelstein, Ph.D. )

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Writing fiction and memoir is hard, and writing compelling characters is much of what makes it hard. We often dive into a manuscript or outline with a basic understanding of what makes our characters tick, but often that understanding turns out even shallower than what we’d previously thought. This can lead not only to frustration but a belief that the manuscript will never live up to its potential. After all, if we can’t understand our characters well, or what makes them believable, then how can we trust our false effort to pass them off to our readers as believable?

Welcome back to The Writer’s Bookshelf. This week’s book, Writer’s Guide to Character Traits, Second Edition by Linda N. Edelstein, Ph.D., helps us through this issue by providing us with a bank of character traits for any and most occasions, using psychological profiles for certain character types and breaking down the many traits that accompany that profile. And you know it’s useful because the titled credential in the author’s name proves that she knows what she’s talking about.

This book is a mix of narrative and definitions, text and charts. It’s also quite long, but very resourceful for anyone who takes their character development seriously. It even, on occasion, gives tips on how the writer can handle moments of crisis or change. It’s definitely an essential reference for anyone who wants a believable and empathetic character.

Check out my video on the topic to find out more about it.

Writer’s Guide to Character Traits, Second Edition

by Linda N. Edelstein, Ph.D.

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Amazon Metadata:

·  Paperback: 384 pages

·  ISBN-10: 1582973903

·  ISBN-13: 978-1582973906

·  Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books; Second edition (August 9, 2006)

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