Writing Character Emotions Just Got Easier

Surprise, this is the second post in one week for me, but I just wanted to let you know The Emotion Thesaurus (Second Edition) by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi is now available.

I received my copy in the mail just a few days ago. If you’re like me, you want to hold a reference book in your hands and (deface it with colored pens or markers or) add sticky notes to the entries you use most often. Prefer a handy eBook to take anywhere? Angela and Becca have that covered as well.

This second edition is more than a new cover. It’s been enhanced and expanded to include 55 new entries and double the teaching material. Now writers can go even deeper when showing their characters’ emotions.

If you want to look into it further, read some of the reviews on Goodreads or find more information here. And if you own the first edition but you’re on the fence about buying the second, check out Jami Gold’s comparison of the two versions.

One more thing I want to share…

Giveaway Alert:

To celebrate the new book and its dedicated readers, Angela and Becca have a great giveaway going on right now: one person will win a free writing retreat, conference, workshop, or professional membership to a writing organization—winner’s choice—up to $500 (US), with some conditions which are listed on the Writers Helping Writers site.

What conference have you dreamed of attending…or would you choose a retreat? Something else? Decisions, decisions!

Enter now, the giveaway ends February 26th.

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4 comments on “Writing Character Emotions Just Got Easier
  1. Mike says:

    I rely on the first edition whenever I edit. A wonderful tool for writers.

  2. Joyce Hertzoff says:

    This looks much better than the original one. It always annoyed me when they used the same expression for more than one emotion, and left out some I often look for.

    • KL Wagoner says:

      With 55 new entries, you’d probably find the emotion you’re looking for in the 2nd edition. I also like the Writer’s Tip at the end of each entry. The tip on the Desire page is: “Emotion should always lead to decision making, either good or bad, that will propel the story forward.” Happy writing, Joyce!

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