#BookReview: The Emotion Thesaurus, 2nd Edition

Ciao, amici! Not long ago, I was one of Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi’s hosts for their cover reveal of their updated book, The Emotion Thesaurus, 2nd Ed. If you missed that post, you can find it here.

But I’m not done. There’s more to say. I read it, I loved it, and I’d like to share my review before it even goes live.

The Emotion Thesaurus; 2nd Ed.

★★★★★ Somehow They Topped the First One

I bought the original version of The Emotion Thesaurus in 2012 and was so delighted with the purchase, I selected other Thesaurus products as the authors released them. When I learned there was a new, expanded edition of The Emotion Thesaurus, I didn’t hesitate. I snatched it right up.

If you’re like me, you haven’t looked at the opening pages since you first bought the book. Trust me—look at them again. The lessons and examples are invaluable. Ackerman and Puglisi have provided an excellent primer on what to do and what not to do. The beginning offers five vehicles for portraying emotions, ways to make emotions authentic, an in-depth tutorial on using dialogue, a detailed section on nonverbal communication, and some great examples of subtext.

This is all before we get to any of the emotions. And that information alone is worth the cost of the book.

But they aren’t close to finished.

There are now over 130 emotions to choose from. Each listing gives a definition, physical cues, internal reactions, mental reactions, acute reactions, signs of repression, options for escalation and de-escalation, associated power verbs (I love that), and writer’s tips.

In short, it’s a comprehensive overview of dozens of emotions and how to use them effectively in stories. This is one resource you’ll use again and again (and again). You don’t want to miss it.

You can preorder your copy now: AmazonKoboIndiebound

If you have a copy of the first, are interested in the second, or were one of the lucky few to preview the new version, sound off below. I’d love to talk about it.

33 thoughts on “#BookReview: The Emotion Thesaurus, 2nd Edition

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  2. After much internal debate, I preordered this one. I have the original, and can’t wait to see how they expanded it. I remember with the first one being a little disappointed that some of the emotions I was looking for weren’t included. I’m looking forward to this one! Great review, Staci!

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  4. I do have all their books and will also be purchasing this one. The Emotion Thesaurus was the first writing “help” book I purchased! I keep it beside my computer at all times and find it more than helpful when I get stuck. Thanks for sharing, Staci!

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  5. Oh my gosh, thank you for the wonderful review, Staci! I am so glad you feel we’ve done a good job in this second edition. It was like visiting an old friend, and we really enjoyed the chance to work on this book again and make it even stronger. 🙂

    And all these comments–oh my gosh, I love you guys! Reading this has made my day <3.


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  6. I have the first Emotional Thesaurus and generally keep it handy when I’m writing. I was excited about the second issue and just hopped over to Amazon to pre-order. But something happened while I was there.

    It’s been a while since I looked at the selection of books Angela and Becca have released. I found a Rural Place & Setting Thesaurus, perfect timing as I contemplate my next story. So I ordered that instead. 🙂

    Amazon says it will be here Friday. I can’t wait. And, of course, I’ll eventually get around to ordering Volume 2 of the Emotional Thesaurus. I love how helpful these books can be!

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  7. Thanks for the review and recommendation Staci. I tend to get stuck describing some things using the same words and this sounds like I need to add it to my collection to help me over that hump.

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