Welcome to 2016! I’m having a difficult time trying to realize that this is a new year. A new year with lots of potential for getting things done, for learning new things, for growing as a child of the Most High, and the amazing opportunities He sends my way! I don’t know about you, but I get excited when I think that my Heavenly Father is the Author and Finisher of my story! He doesn’t just start my story and then leave it and watch to see what a mess I make of it. Believe me, it would be a mess! No, He started it and He is going to finish it. And boy am I glad! I don’t want to face the mountains of this year alone.
Since this is the start of the New Year, the first post on this blog for the New Year, I was wondering what I should post about. I could tell you all about the goals I’ve made for this year, the plans I have for upcoming books, the amazing word count I’m trying for . . . But if I did that, I’d have to figure all those things out first.
Don’t get me wrong, I do have some vague sort of goals as far as writing goes, but that’s about it. I’ve never been much on setting goals probably because I never was interested enough in actually sitting down to think of any.
So . . .
I decided I should tell you about my absolute favorite resource from last year!
If you are a writer
If you know of a writer
If you have a child/friend/sibling who writes
If you want to be a writer
This book is for you. I only wish I had had it years before. It would have made my life so much easier. And writing so much more fun!
“The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression” is wonderful.
• If you’ve ever had difficulties trying to figure out what a character is feeling or doing when they experience a certain emotion, this will tell you.
• If you’ve ever felt like your characters were lifeless when they should be amazed, determined, disgusted, lonely, scornful, terrified, or uneasy, this book will help.
• When your character has been full of confusion for a time, perhaps that confusion might turn into feeling overwhelmed, frustration, resignation or insecurity.
• And, instead of “telling” what your character is feeling, you can show it because, for each emotion there is a list of physical signals (blinking, straining to hear), internal sensations (butterflies in the stomach), mental responses (forgetting what one was about to say), cues of acute or long-term emotions which might escalate to others.
• If that wasn’t enough, there is a short writing’s tip on every-other page.
• Organized in alphabetical order of emotions, this invaluable book is always with me when I write.
If you don’t get any other book this year to help you with writing, get this one. And no, I’m not getting paid to recommend it.
I also just noticed that there is a companion kindle book called “Emotion Amplifiers” that is free right now. I just got it, so I don’t know what treasures it holds!
Do you have a favorite writer’s resources? What is it? Have you tried “The Emotion Thesaurus”?