Thursday, August 9, 2012

Writing Books V

Welcome to round five of the Writing Books Series. I know, I know, I haven't kept up with this, but since it's Thursday, and I got an amazing new book, I figured I'd let you guys know.

So, what does this mean? Basically that each Thursday (ideally, sometimes real life gets in the way) I try to post a book I've found helpful in my writing career, tell you why I found it helpful, and try to tell you a price range. I'll attempt to keep this up until I run out of books, or lose motivation, whichever comes first :) (Chances are it may be another few months, but you know...)

Book Five is:

The Emotion Thesaurus!
I have had this book all of two days. Day one, it sat in my lap as I rifled through its magical pages. It helped tremendously with the novel I'm working on. Then, I was so excited, it slept in my bed that night (not. kidding.) A regular Thesaurus goes through and tells you ways to say the same word, right? Well, The Emotion Thesaurus says, "You're angry, here's what you may feel, what you may do," and offers a huge launch point to fully utilize showing vs telling. I am so, so happy I own this, and I hear there is a Volume 2 coming out soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

I found it cheapest on Amazon (it was $14.99 new!), but it's available at B&N (I think it's closer to the $20 range though). Either way, if you don't have this, you need it.


  1. I got it too and will now go through my ms and analyze scene by scene. Because I have a hard time getting emotions across.

    I got the pdf version, which was way cheaper. And I like how it's set up. At the bottom of each entry is a link to click on that brings you back into the table of contents. That was very helpful.

    1. I don't have an e-reader, so actual book was best for me. I am soooo happy I have it!!

  2. I have this on my kindle. i would have loved it in paper form.
    I, too, love the book already and have used it to re-write two of my scenes, plus write a whole new scene from scratch.
    Great choice and lovely review. (yea, I sleep with my favorite books too.) hehe!

    1. Yea, I'm amazed at how well it helps me launch scenes/edit. It's like the epic prompt!

      "Today I feel...**Opens to random page**"

  3. I keep seeing this book on blogs and it looks fabulous. The more I see it, the more I'm convinced I need it!!!

  4. Thank you for the tip. I have had this book on my Amazon wish list for some time now. I was on the fence about it. (Would it be worth the cash? Would it gather dust on the shelf with the others? Would it be the magical Easter egg of my dreams? LOL)

    Sounds like I will enjoy it.


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