I want to shout out a writing guide which I have found incredibly useful. “The Emotion Thesaurus” is a great resource for when you’re trying to best convey a character’s emotion.
For example, when I sit down to write, I open the “The Emotion Thesaurus” using the Kindle app on my computer. The TOC contains hyperlinks that take me directly to the emotion I’m looking for. As I write, I might come to a part where a character is nervous. I don’t want to tell the reader, “Rhian was nervous.” I want to show it. If I come up blank, I’ll go to the thesaurus, look at the suggestions for nervousness, and perhaps write something like, “Rhian gnawed her thumbnail.”
I paid full price, $4.99, for “The Emotion Thesaurus.” It is worth that and much more. This isn’t copy and paste text. Their suggestions are meant to lead to inspiration and to turn on that light bulb over your head.
Another guide I’d like to call out is one I picked up today for free. It’s a writing guide for teens, but looks like it would be great resource for beginning adult writers, and a good refresher for more experienced writers of any age. Check it out below.
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman (costs $4.99)
One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character’s emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by exploring seventy-five emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each. Written in an easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in intensity to match any emotional moment, including situations where a character is trying to hide their feelings from others. The Emotion Thesaurus also tackles common emotion-related writing problems and provides methods to overcome them.
Writing Advice for Teens: Creating Stories by Mike Kalmbach (free today)
When all you have is a blank page, it’s often tough to begin writing. Writing Advice for Teens: Creating Stories aims to help you overcome that initial hurdle by making it easy for you to write down simple, focused ideas and craft them into stories. However, coming up with ideas is not enough. Teen writers need to understand basic story structure so they can avoid typical writing problems. Filled with plenty of tips, advice, and examples to help any teen writer, the first book in the Writing Advice for Teens series focuses on getting ideas down quickly and pounding out that first draft. After following the advice and using the techniques outlined in this book, you should understand how to bring the stories locked in your mind to the surface.
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Disclaimers and Disclosures
I found these books via Amazon’s Kindle eBooks store. Resources for free Kindle and other format eBooks are listed in my sidebar.
This freebie is a limited time offer and there is no guarantee it will still be free when you click on the link. Grab it sooner rather than later.