I am knee-deep in revising my current WIP and one of the areas that I am really trying to focus on the emotions of my characters. I recently discovered this handy tool that has been a tremendous help for me:
Here is the description from Amazon.com:
One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character’s emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by highlighting 75 emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each. Written in an easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in intensity to match any emotional moment. The Emotion Thesaurus also tackles common emotion-related writing problems and provides methods to overcome them. This writing tool encourages writers to show, not tell emotion and is a creative brainstorming resource for any fiction project.
This book is chock full of great body language and cues. The layout is simple and easy to use and offers a variety of options for writers. It has been a great resource to help me add variety to my characters emotional responses and when I am stuck on a particularly difficult passage.
This book would be a great addition to anys writers library.
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