Saturday, December 26, 2015

Book Review ~ Emotion Amplifiers by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi


Title: Emotion Amplifiers 
Author: Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
Release Date: December 4th 2014
Published By: JADD Publishing 
Page Amount: 72 pages, Nook Book

GoodReads Blurb:
When writing fictional characters, it’s hugely important to convey their emotions effectively so readers will be drawn in and become invested in those characters. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression was written to help writers convey the quality and depth of their characters’ feelings through their thoughts, body language, and visceral reactions. But there are also ways to amplify what a character is feeling, thereby heightening their emotional responses. 

In Emotion Amplifiers, a companion guide to The Emotion Thesaurus, we explore 15 common states that naturally galvanize emotion. States like exhaustion, boredom, illness, pain, and extreme hunger can push characters to the limit, compromising their decision-making abilities and decreasing the likelihood of them reaching their goals. Emotion Amplifiers is a great tool for any writer wishing to tighten the screws on their characters and amp up the tension in their stories.

Last year I read three books that were writing related and I've decided that I want to read at least one book related to writing or some aspect of it every year. I actually have a pretty big collection of these. Some from the Creative Writing classes that I took in college. I have all three other books by these authors. "The Emotion Thesaurus", "The Positive Trait Thesaurus" and "The Negative Trait Thesaurus". I've referenced them all while writing - but admittedly should reference them more - so when I saw this I knew that I wanted to get it. 

I did read the whole thing straight through even though it is meant as more of a reference book. I'm sure that I will be going back to this as a reference often. But from my read through of it, I think that this book is very well put together. Easy to use and informative. It will definitely help when writing characters and their emotions. If you're a writer then I would definitely recommend this book to you. It was well worth the buy and the read. I will absolutely be going back to it many times. 5 quills. 


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