Monday, March 24, 2014

Emotions

 You have to show emotions, but which one fits which scene with which character? We all want to know.

Try this Emotion Chart   From I Love Charts


What's not to like about this chart? There are six main categories of emotions--disgust, sad, happy, surprise, fear, anger--in the center. Each is then broken up into four to five more definitive levels and then again in to two more. For example, take sad. Level two includes guilty, abandoned, despair, depressed, lonely, bored. For level three of depressed, the chart includes inferior and empty. I could spend hours with this nifty little chart. ;-)

But then, I have to figure out how to show the specific emotion my character is feeling. What body language and internal feelings will it take. 

So, I turn to this next item on my list. Have you tried THE EMOTION THESAURUS by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi?


From the Amazon description: One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character's emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by exploring seventy-five emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each.

Using its easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in intensity to match any emotional moment, including situations where a character is trying to hide their feelings from others. The Emotion Thesaurus also tackles common emotion-related writing problems and provides methods to overcome them.

This writing tool encourages writers to show, not tell emotion and is a creative brainstorming resource for any fiction project.


The book breaks down over seventy emotions into Physical Signals, Internal Sensations, Mental Responses, Cues for Acute of Long-Term, and Cues for Suppressed emotion. Sometimes I disagree with the suggestions, but at least it gets me thinking. ;-)

Do you have a nifty helper to suggest for finding the right emotion for a character? Or for refining the actions that show an emotion? If so, please share! And get emotional...well, let your characters get emotional. ;-)

16 comments:

  1. The emotional thesaurus is on my list to get. Thanks for the graph. That will be useful.

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  2. OO, I hadn't seen this chart before - I love it! Thanks so much for the great resource!

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    1. I know, Liz! When I saw it, I drooled. ;-)

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  3. ET is awesome! Angela and Becca worked so hard on it. LOVE it! I hadn't seen that chart before. Thanks for sharing it!

    Sheri at Writer's Alley

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    1. I'm enjoying it, SA. And the Rebel Code is awesome!

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  4. Haven't seen the chart, thanks. And, I've almost bought the Emotion Thesaurus a million times but have stopped myself, so this time I will.

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    1. You won't be disappointed, Charlotte!

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  5. Love the chart. It is funny you posted it now. My little one and I are learning all about emotions and feelings. I think she would get a good laugh from this chart.

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    1. Lady Lilith, you found another good use of this chart. It just keeps giving!

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  6. Coolest chart EVER! I'm looking at my Emotion Thesaurus right now. It's a treasure.

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    1. I know! I'm so glad I found it in the WFWA Industry Newsletter this Sunday.

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  7. I think I have that book on Kindle (for iPad)! I really must get used to reading on screen...

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  8. I don't do craft books on my Kindle. I have to have good old paper, so I can highlight and scribble in the margins.

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