The Emotion Thesaurus–My Favorite Writing Resource

by Pamela S. Meyers

I’m asked what writing resources I keep at my elbow, the
first that I name is The Emotion Thesaurus:
A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression
(ET) by Angela Ackerman and Becca Publisi.
years ago, I was told my main character seemed flat in a particular scene. “What
is she feeling? Show us.” I’d just purchased the Kindle version of ET and I
used the book to help me deepen my character by showing the emotion she was
feeling. By the time I rewrote the scene, I’d gone into a deeper POV than
before and received high praises from my crit partner.
ET takes
75 different emotions and gives you the: Definition, Physical Signals, Internal
Sensations, Mental Responses, Cues of acute or long-term feelings of the
emotion, what other emotions the emotion may escalate to, Cues of Suppressed emotion, and a Writer’s Tip. If nothing gels with you, there are suggested
related emotions at the bottom of the page that you can link to which may better fit the
scene and character.
The book
is available in print and Amazon Kindle, but I highly recommend getting the Kindle
version because it is so easy to jump from one emotion to another similar
emotion, as they are all displayed as links. I know you can do the same with a
print version, but it would be more time consuming to flip the pages back and
Partial List of Information for “Amazement”
feature is called “May Escalate To”, which takes the emotion to the next level. This feature has gotten my muse
going, and I’ve used it very effectively.  
The last
link takes you back to the Table of Contents where you can check out the other
 I haven’t even mentioned the
introductory discussion at the front of the book about bringing emotion into
your fiction writing. At $5.00, the Kindle version of ET is a writer’s treasure
trove of information.

You can
find it at Amazon at

A native
of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, author Pamela S. Meyers lives in suburban Chicago
with her two rescue cats. Her novels include Thyme for Love, which has
recently been rereleased on Amazon and her 1933 historical romance, Love
Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
. Love
is All We Need (the sequel to Thyme for Love)
will release in 2016, and Second Chance Love from Bling!, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing
of the Carolinas, will release in January 2017. When she isn’t at her laptop
writing her latest novel, she can often be found nosing around Wisconsin and
other Midwestern spots for new story ideas.