Emotion Thesaurus: Anger

  • pounding fists against the thighs, a table, a wall
  • breathing deeply, noisily
  • laughter with an edge
  • yelling
  • snapping at people
  • talking in a carefully controlled tone
  • a shaking voice
  • sarcasm
  • picking fights (verbal or physical)
  • irrational reactions to inconsequential things
  • demanding immediate action
  • jumping into things without thinking
  • taking inappropriate risks


Good news! This sample has been expanded and streamlined into book form! The full list of physical, internal, and mental cues for this and 74 other emotions can be found in The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, available for purchase at AmazonBarnes & NobleiTunes, and Smashwords. The PDF is also downloadable via the Paypal button in the sidebar. 


19 comments:

courtney said...

! What a FANTASTIC, excellent, excellent, helpful idea for blog entries. Rock on, you guys!!

Angela said...

Thanks, Courtney! We hope to post other 'idea banks' on different aspects of description as we move forward.

Becca said...

Yay! Hopefully it will come in useful. Thanks, Courtney!

Rachel said...

This IS a great idea! Love these posts. I am going to print these our for those times when I am telling and not showing. Thanks!

Angela said...

Thanks for your feedback--it's good to know that others find this useful. Feel free to link to us if it's easier--we'll profile new emotions each week.

Happy writing!

Becca said...

Glad you like it, Rachel :).

kimquirky said...

This is amazing! How did you know I needed this? ;) Thank you both so much!

Becca said...

We're onto you, Kim. MWHAHAHAHAHHA

eagleeyeviews said...

What an excellent idea. Very useful for writers. I have bookmarked your blog for easy reference.

I heard about this from the forum on Critique Circle. Thanks for a valuable resource.

Angela said...

Thanks for letting us know where you heard about it from--it's good to know the word is spreading. We really hope this will be a good resource for writers.

Crystal (writermama on bb's) said...

Angela, Becca, thank you SO MUCH for this resource!! I just now happened upon this link through the blue boards (Verla Kay's chat board) and couldn't be more delighted. I am currently working on a mid-grade novel and recently got stuck on how to show a character's anger. I put something very cliche but NOW I'm going back to revise it. Thank you, thank you for compiling such great ideas!

Inkblot said...

Just thought you might like to know I dug this out today especially to help with the rewrite of a scene :o)

Dominique Eastwick said...

Fantastic Blog thanks.

Theresa Milstein said...

Nice change from, "She was angry!" Show, not tell.

Ann-Marie said...

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Jason said...

Thank you for this resource! Fantastic!

Robert Foster said...

This one of the greatest blogs I have ever found. It consistantly makes my writing better. Would you be willing to add a couple of things to The Emotion Thesaurus? Entries for contempt, lust and irrationality would be big helps (I'm struggling to write scenes that include these. Thanks again for your hard work!

Angela Ackerman said...

HI Robert,

We've turned the Emotion thesaurus into a book, so you can find many more emotions there, along with in depth information about emotion.

http://www.amazon.com/Thesaurus-Bookshelf-Descriptive-Collection-ebook/dp/B00822WM2M/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AZC9TZ4UC9CFC&qid=1336674563&sr=8-1

Have a great day!

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