The Emotion Amplifier Thesaurus. A Writer’s Guide to Character Stress and Volatility (Second Edition)

Publication Date:

May 2024

Original language and publisher

English | JADD Publishing

Territories Handled

World excl. English

Territories Sold

Japan (under option)
South Korea (under option)
Russia (under option)
China (under option)
Turkey (under option)


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The Emotion Amplifier Thesaurus. A Writer’s Guide to Character Stress and Volatility (Second Edition)


Stress your characters to their limits

Characters who are in control of their emotions rarely slip up, which makes for boring reading.

To avoid that pitfall, channel your dark side and introduce stress that will make it harder for
them to think clearly. Your weapon of choice? An amplifier. Pain, arousal, dehydration—conditions and states like these make it difficult for a character to emotionally self-regulate, setting them up for overreactions, misjudgments, and (hopefully) colossal mistakes they’ll have to fix and learn from.

Inside The Emotion Amplifier Thesaurus, you’ll find:

  • A deep dive into cognitive and emotional dissonance and how psychological discomfort
    steers a character’s reasoning and impacts their ability to make decisions
  • Information on emotional stress as a trigger for self-awareness and personal growth,
    which makes amplifiers powerful levers to help steer story structure and character arc
  • Lists of body language cues, internal sensations, thoughts, and other descriptives to show the effects of more than 50 amplifiers
  • Brainstorming help on how to use each amplifier to generate tension and complication,
    apply everyday pressure, and make a character emotionally volatile
  • Fifty bonus writing tips to help you wield amplifiers with skill and precision, taking your scenes from good to great

Push your characters. Give them no quarter. Use physical, cognitive, and psychological strain to
force them to face their mistakes, acknowledge their true feelings, and work through the contradictions at the heart of every inner struggle.

Marketing Information

  • Over 1.1 million copies sold in the series.