Showing Vs. Telling Resource – Emotion Thesaurus

How many of us struggle with this issue?

I know those writing sometimes know the terms, but can’t determine how to do it properly in a scene. Sometimes I get that way too. But there are wonderful resources to help you in times of need.

One resource I found from a beta reader called the Emotion Thesaurus, by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. This beta reader mentioned them because of having difficulty conveying certain scenes and the main character sighed about five hundred times in this novel. (I exaggerate, it was over 100 times, though.)

The way that these two have done this guide is brilliant. I actually have the Emotion Thesaurus and plan to get the other ones to add to my library sometime soon.

So, how does this nifty guide work?

Let’s say you want to convey that someone is frustrated. You look the word up. Not only does it tell you the definition of the word: it also gives you mental and physical ques, internal sensations the character is feeling and what prolonged feelings like that would be. In other words, it pretty much puts everything at your fingertips to make you succeed.

They also give about ten to twenty examples each of physical signs so you don’t have to use the same sentence over and over again. Let’s face it, who wants to read the same sentence for each emotion over and over again? That doesn’t make a book at all.

In drafting, I have that problem and explaining scenes with dialogue. The first draft especially has this problem. But these resources are just a tool to help us succeed.

If you like to know more about the Emotion Thesaurus or their other books, check out their blog here. Usually they always have one available for free in their sidebar to download. However if you like their books, I highly recommend purchasing these, even if you are a veteran in writing.


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