Sometimes handling our own emotions can be quite difficult. The same goes for when we are building and fleshing out our characters, their emotions, and the situations they are in.
Although I am just starting my first work of fiction, I know I’m going to be an emotional writer. I am already so attached to my characters and the story I am trying to tell. I have a feeling that by the time I get to the end, I will be totally gutted and there will be nothing left. Kind of like an emotional writing hangover. This is a good thing.
Still, building your characters and working out their emotions can be difficult. You don’t want your characters to sound cardboard and cliched, but you don’t want them to sound boring either. Where is the balance?
An author friend of mine recently received and awesome gift from her niece. It’s called The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglist. This book features 75 different emotions and possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses to each emotion. Pretty cool, huh? I thought so.
I definitely think this would be a great resource to help your characters really come to life and ‘live’ on the page.
So grab a copy today or put it on your holiday wish list today to help your readers really feel what your characters are going through. Two other resources you may find helpful are The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Flaws, The Positive Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Attributes, and The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Psychological Trauma.