I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this resource before, but it came up at a recent critique group meeting, and I thought I’d highlight it again.
Ackerman and Puglisi have compiled a wonderful resource for showing, not telling, a character’s emotions. I use it all the time. Each emotion covered has a definition, a list of physical signals, internal sensations, and mental responses, and a list each of acute or long-term cues and suppressed cues.
While I’ve found several emotions that aren’t listed, there’s always a similar emotion given, and I’ve yet to stump the thesaurus, slim though it may be. Each section also has a general writer’s tip at the end, giving you even more helpful hints for dealing with emotion and other aspects of the writer’s craft. Apparently, they’re working on a second edition with even more content and linkages. Looking forward to it!
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