A Special Edition: Updated Tools for the Writer’s Toolbox

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…

The Emotion Thesaurus Second Edition!

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.

That’s not all, either. This book is almost double in size with lots of new content. You can find a full write up for it HERE and a list of all the entries (plus some samples!) HERE.

Plus, this book is available for preorder! You can find it on Amazon, Kobo, Apple Books (iTunes), and Indiebound.

One last thing I wanted to mention…

Angela & Becca are giving away a free webinar recording of one of their popular workshops on Emotion, so head over if this is an area of struggle for you. It might really help!

About Fannie Cranium

Writing since she could first hold a pen, Tracy Perkins formed her alter ego, "Fannie Cranium" at the suggestion of her husband. Tracy understands smiling makes people wonder what she’s been up to.
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7 Responses to A Special Edition: Updated Tools for the Writer’s Toolbox

  1. boufisa09 says:

    Thank you Fannie Cranium’s


  2. angelaackerman1 says:

    I LOVED this: “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.”

    What a great image! I am glad you’ve gotten so much use from the first one, and I hope this new one is even more helpful. Thank you so much for sharing the news of our new book and it’s cover. It was fun to do this in such a “show-don’t-tell” way. 🙂


    • Angela–I can’t thank you and Becca enough for what you have done to improve my writing. This has been such a fun book launch. I cannot wait to get my hands on the 2nd edition!!!!

      When my own book launches next year, I am going to use everything I’ve learned from you two, with much love and gratitude!


  3. aplscruf says:

    Can’t wait!! I also have The Emotional Wounds Thesaurus which has been instrumental in helping me develop backstories to my effed-up and not-so-effed up characters. Thanks!!


  4. Liz says:

    Love that you are so crazy busy here!!!! Enjoying your words very much 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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