The Emotion Thesaurus

Authors: , , Ackerman, Angela & Puglisi, Becca

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English (USA) | JADD Publishing

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World excl. English


Creative Writing, Reference

The Emotion Thesaurus

Authors: , , Ackerman, Angela & Puglisi, Becca

  • 2 Seas Represents: World Translation Rights.
  • Rights Sold: Japan (Film Art Sha), Korea (Infinity Books), Romania (Paralela 45), Taiwan (Yuan-Liou Publishing Co. Ltd), China (Thinkingdom), Turkey (Hep Kitap), Russia (Alpina).
  • This popular writing resource has sold over 205,000 copies since its publication in May 2012! Over 400,000 copies sold in the series


‘One of the challenges a fiction writer faces, especially when prolific, is coming up with fresh ways to describe emotions. This handy compendium fills that need. It is both a reference and a brainstorming tool, and one of the resources I’ll be turning to most often as I write my own books.’ — James Scott Bell, bestselling author of Deceived and Plot & Structure

This unique guide covers the show-don’t-tell aspect of character emotion by listing the body language, thoughts, and visceral sensations of seventy-five different emotions.

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 Emotion Thesaurus’s explosive sales have propelled it to the top of Amazon’s Best Seller list in several categories (print and kindle), garnering 172 five-star reviews.  The book has been used in classrooms at varying educational levels, and was recently adopted by Illinois State University as a required text for their creative writing program.


Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are members of the SCBWI.  They speak at writing events through the Florida SCBWI and When Worlds Collide and teach online courses at WANA International.  Their award-winning online resource, The Bookshelf Muse, is used by teachers, editors, agents, and authors and has over two million hits.  As their readership continues to grow, they are working on delivering more books for their Descriptive Thesaurus Collection.


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Korea (Infinity Books), Japan (Film Art Sha), Romania (Paralela 45), Taiwan (Yuan-Liou), China (Thinkingdom)