Hi everyone! Every once in a while I talk about writing craft. When my stories sag in the middle or cliches pour through my fingers faster than a gunslinger in a Louis L’Amour novel, I sometimes need a writing prompt to prevent my prose from derailing at Dead Man’s Curve.
Several years ago I discovered a wonderful blog over at Blogspot called “The Bookshelf Muse.” Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi filled their blog with thesaurus-like entries on emotions and using body parts—such as lips or eyes or hands and posts on writing craft. They became part of my writer’s tool box. They grew up and moved to WordPress at Writer’s Helping Writers.
They published their first book compiled from the list on their site and turned it into The Emotion Thesaurus. I have been a die-hard fan ever since, even creating my own fan photos for one of their book releases of the Urban and Rural Settings Thesauri using my copy of the Emotion Thesaurus.
My copy now resembles a grandmother after a big party, wanting to take off her girdle, using paperclips for pin curls or in this case, holding the pages together. It’s full of love but getting tired.
Today’s an exciting day because I’ve been helping Angela and Becca at Writers Helping Writers keep a BIG secret: what the next book in their thesaurus series will be.
It might seem strange for an author to not tell their readers about the book they plan to release…unless their names are Becca and Angela. They are known for writing books on showing, not telling, and couldn’t pass up a chance to do just that by waiting for the cover reveal, which is today!
So without further ado, I give you…
You might have heard of The Emotion Thesaurus before, or even have a copy. The original released in 2012 and quickly became the go-to guide on expressing character emotion. The book’s lists of body language, thoughts, and visceral sensations for 75 unique emotions made brainstorming character expressions and reactions so much easier.
In this second edition, the authors have added 55 entries, bringing the total to 130 emotions.