Sometimes when you’re writing, it can be easy to find yourself in a rut of repeating yourself over and over. To help break the cycle there are some very affordable books that I recently discovered through my editor! I’ve learned most of my writing techniques through researching articles about writing, but these books are really good. And the best part is they’re really inexpensive.
My editor suggested I get physical copies, but I actually liked it on my kindle, because it gave me the ability to skip to certain parts of the book by scrolling instead of flipping.
What can I say? I’m a girl of the 21st century.
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
This book is a life saver. You know how when you find yourself using a word several times over and you reach for a thesaurus to help you out? Well you do the same thing with this, but for the reactions your characters make for certain emotions.
Pick an emotion, any emotion. Let’s take depression. You may find yourself doing the same thing over and over and saying your characters are sighing. Trust me, you don’t even notice how much you use the same reaction until you start editing and realizing everyone is sighing, nodding, and shaking their heads (it’s horrible).
With the emotion thesaurus, it gives you dozens of other reactions to pick from! Your character could sigh, let their eyes rove around the room, staring down at their hands, SO many options. And the book goes into more depth and gives you ideas for internal speculations, even repressed emotions. It’s just amazing!
This is only one in a series of other books by the same author. Believe me, it’s going to be hard to stop with just one. As a matter of fact…
Emotion Amplifiers by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
This book is a very low priced companion to The Emotion Thesaurus, and I highly recommend getting both to start with. It just features some more obscure feelings, like attraction, cold, dehydration, hunger, boredom, etc. That’s why it’s great in combination with The Emotion Thesaurus!
The Synonym Finder by Laurence Urdang, Nancy Laroche, and J. I. Rodale
Every writer needs a good thesaurus, and this is a great one. I love thesauruses that offer diverse and eloquent options for word alternatives, and this book is it. Highly recommended!
All of these books are the kinds that I would recommend keeping by your side when you’re writing, pretty much at any time. I hope you enjoy if you decide to get them!