The Emotion Thesaurus

A Writer's Guide to Character Expression

The Emotion Thesaurus

"One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying emotion to the reader in a unique, compelling way. When showing our characters' feelings, we often grab onto the first idea that comes to mind, and our characters end up smiling, shrugging, nodding, and frowning far too much. Need some inspiration to get you beyond the basics? Inside The Emotion Thesaurus, you'll find: emotion entires that list body language, thoughts, and visceral responses for each, a breakdown of the biggest emotion-related writing problems and how to overcome them, body language and action cues that address both acute and suppressed forms of emotion, suggestions for each emotion that cover a range of intensity, from mild to extreme, description tips on emotion, dialogue, characters, and setting. Now expanded to include 55 new entries"--

100 Common Misconceptions about the Emotion Thesaurus

A Writer's Guide to Character Expression

100 Common Misconceptions about the Emotion Thesaurus

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Write a Novel in 10 Minutes a Day

Acquire the habit of writing fiction every day

Write a Novel in 10 Minutes a Day

LEARN HOW TO WRITE FICTION BY WRITING EVERY DAY Would you like to write but have no spare time? Do you not know where to begin? Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day will help you sculpt a full-length piece of creative writing in just ten minutes a day. Starting with a daily practical exercise, it will help you manage your writing schedule within this time frame and help you bring your novel to life. You will be able to clarify your vision and review your time commitments, as well as understand your own abilities. Learning to observe the world around you, write quickly and tap into your unique voice will help you to create all the elements of your story and, by the time you've finished all the exercises, you'll have created something beautiful. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

Captivate Your Readers

An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction

Captivate Your Readers

Are you looking for concrete, effective ways to bring your fiction to life for readers, so they feel they’re right there with the characters? And they stay up until the wee hours eagerly turning the pages? Then this book is for you. Today’s readers want to put aside their cares and chores and lose themselves in an absorbing story. This book shows you how to provide the emotional involvement and immediacy readers crave in fiction. This third editor’s guide to writing compelling fiction by multi-award-winning author Jodie Renner provides specific advice, with examples, for hooking readers on page one and immersing them in your story world. And like Renner’s other guides, it’s presented in a concise, reader-friendly format for busy writers, and you can pick and choose among the topics to suit your current questions and needs. It’s all about engaging readers through techniques such as using deep point of view, showing instead of telling, avoiding author intrusions, creating dialogue that’s real and riveting, and basically stepping back as the author and letting the characters tell the story.

Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen

With her millions of passionate fans, Sarah Dessen is known as one of the "rock stars" of young adult fiction today. Her best-selling coming-of-age tales have gripped readers, especially teen girls, who relate to her realistic depictions of young love and other milestones of growing up. This lively biography traces Dessen's path to becoming a successful author of YA fiction, with details on how she developed her craft, the themes she likes to explore in her work, and her influences as a writer. Anecdotes, quotes, and photographs reveal the author as a person, and fact sheets and a timeline provide highlights of her publishing career.

Creating Convincing Characters

Creating Convincing Characters

This book answers the question, "How do we go about inventing great characters that our readers will care about, root for, love, hate or fear?" Using friendly, accessible language, we'll look at why great characters are vital to writers and a range of strategies from the simple listing of attributes to more complex ideas for creating fully realised, multidimensional characters with fascinating backstories.

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