I’m still in soccer season and end of school year is fast approaching. Needless to say my life is a bit on the busy side. So today will be a quick post about a little gem of a book I’ve discovered.
A writing pal Angela Ackerman and her blog partner Becca Puglisi have a great writing blog called The Bookshelf Muse where besides writing topics they have created multiple thesauruses (or is it thesauri?), covering emotions, character traits, and settings. An amazing site really. Check it out.
These two ladies have put together their most sought after information into a book. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. I bought it for $4.99 and I have to say I’m totally impressed. I don’t know about you but I’ve always got my characters doing the same actions to express the same feelings (smiles/grins, clenching fists/teeth, cocking an eyebrow or the infamous eye roll.) This book lets you pick the emotion and gives lists of physical body cues, visceral reactions and thought processes for each one.
Now I wouldn’t suggestion using this book or the site when you’re in the middle of your first draft. The first draft is allowed to be shite. If you spend time worrying about whether you’ve rolled your character’s eyes too many times, then you’ll never finish. But this book and others like it totally help when in the midst of revision.
Check out their site. I hope you find something to help your writing.
Do you have any problems showing your character’s emotions? I’m always on the lookout for good craft books. Have you read any good ones lately?