Thursday, May 22, 2014

SFRB Recommends #16 The Emotion Thesaurus #writingtools

Today's recommendation comes from Rachel Leigh Smith.

Struggle with how to show, not tell a character’s feelings? Need help creating fresh body language that doesn’t come off as stale or cliché?

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression is a writer’s best friend, helping to navigate the difficult terrain of showing character emotion. Through an easy-to-use list format, this brainstorming tool explores seventy-five emotions and provides a large selection of body language, internal sensations, actions and thoughts associated with each. - See more at:

If you're a writer, The Emotion Thesaurus is a must-have. Especially if you find yourself using the same few emotional descriptors over and over and over because you can't think of anything else. I've had this book for a couple of years now and it's a lifesaver. It's taken my emotional descriptions from humdrum and expected, to unique and vivid.

I have it in paper, but it's also available on Kindle, Nook, the iBookstore, Kobo, Smashwords, and as a PDF.

Author site: Writers Helping Writers


  1. I was in contact with Angela when she and Becca were developing the Emotion Thesaurus and I swear by it. It's a fabulous resource for writers looking for ways to define a character's emotions through body language, facial expression, and physical reaction (and avoiding repeated shrugs, eye rolls and raised eyebrows).

  2. Rachel, thank you so much for the shout out! *waves at Laurie* You guys are the best. I am so thrilled this book continues to be a help to you both, because it means more wonderful stories are released out there in the world. :)

    Take care & happy writing!



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