Give Us Your Feedback!

I'm putting a column in the sidebar for general feedback on the Bookshelf Muse. If you would like to comment on a critique you have received, have an emotion you'd like to see in the Emotion Thesaurus or just have something general to say about the Bookshelf Muse, feel free to let us know!


Fiona said...

Hey, this is a brilliant blog, I've been referring to it quite a lot lately.

May I suggest panic for the thesaurus?

C.R. Evers said...

Love the blog! Just last week I got stuck on an emotion and came here to check out your thesaurus. I think it's great that you're looking for feedback and suggestions as well.


Tabitha said...

Wow, I just spent a full ten minutes staring at your list of emotions and trying to find good additions to it. And I'm at a loss. You guys have done a good job of creating a thorough list. :) The only thing that popped into my mind was Indifference, but that's more a lack of emotion so it may not qualify. :)

Personally, I would love to see more cliche characters. I've really enjoyed reading about those. :)

Great blog!

Mino said...

Angela and BEcca:

I love your emotion thesaurus. I use it frequently and it helps get me out of the "telling" mode.

May I suggest anticipation?


Becca said...

Thanks for chiming in. The thesaurus started out as a way for me and Angela and some of our writing buds to stretch beyond the cliche; it's so great to be able to share it with others.

Fiona, panic is up as we speak and Tabitha, we'll see what we can do about anticipation. it may prove to be too close to excitement, but we'll give it a shot :).

Anonymous said...

here are some suggestions, though I can't look at the list while I am posting them so I may suggest something you already have accidentally -

impressed/awe struck


Angela said...

Great list. Some of those we have but others we don't. We appreciate everyone's thoughts on making The Bookshelf Muse even better!

Tabitha said...

Thought of a few more to add to your list.


Funny how more will come to you as you're writing. :)

WannabeWriter said...

Hi. I really love this blog. But I don't think I've seen any thing for kissing & different ways to describe a kiss. Could I suggest that?


-- Paige.

Angela said...

Great, thanks you two!

Jessica said...

I love this blog. It's favorited- I used it all the time!

But what about loss? Grief doesn't quite cover it- I mean, loss as in being forced away from someone/something you love.

That'd be a good entry. :)

cheese said...

What an amazing blog! I've been looking for something like this for ages! I'm so glad I came across this!

Angela said...

Thanks for the idea, Jessica!
Cheese, welcome to The Bookshelf Muse! We didn't know of anything like this either, so we decided to start a blog up that focuses on practical writing aids that are much needed for fresh writing.

vinay87 said...

WOW this place rocks.
I love Stumble!!

Hey can I make a request? I'm at a loss for words. My character is in a place where he knows that something mysterious is happening and doesn't really care. But I need to show that in a way. I guess this could come under "indifference".

Angela said...

Stumble is awesome. I need to make more time for it!

I think indifference would be really hard, but worth doing. Keep an eye out for it!

Parakeva said...

Hysteria! Everyone loves a nice bit of hysteria. ^_^
Plus of course I love the blog and am in awe of the hours of unpaid work that has gone into it, but I have said this repeatedly before...

Isaac said...

I greatly enjoy reading these entries.
You guys win the intarnets. 8D

Gutsy Writer said...

I couldn't live without The Bookshelf Muse. I have it open on my laptop at the same time as the thesaurus, as I'm revising chapters from my book. You should turn this into a reference book at libraries. You help me out, every time I'm stuck. I feel like we owe you a monthly usage fee. Thanks Angela and Becca. You're the best.

Jeanne Tomlin said...

Very nice blog. I check your suggestions occasionally and they do help when I'm stuck for describing something or a new idea on describing something.

Let me make a suggestion though. I think that it would be a good idea to separate sadness and grief. They really are different things and grief is a much more substantial emotion. I was just writing a scene about someone experiencing profound grief and when I checked your thesaurus felt that for that kind of situation that you really hadn't quite hit it.

But it is a good idea and helpful so thanks for posting it.

Samantha said...

I just wanted to say how much I really appreciated your blog. The thesauruses, especially the emotions ones, have really helped my writing as a whole. The setting thesaurus has also been extremely useful. I really appreciate all of the hard work you put into this! Oh, and if I may suggest a setting that i have been troubled with for awhile, would you mind doing an entry for "Bar?" I know there are multiple bars (night clubs, generic bars, old-fashioned bars, etc.), but if you were to do a general entry, that would be great. :] Thank you!

Angela said...

Samantha, thanks for stopping in. I'll definitely add the night scene to my setting list!

Angela said...

Samantha, I thought pub was on our setting list, so I went looking for it--and found it! I guess I'd forgotten to link it on the sidebar. Anyway, if you come back to read, here it is:

Marissa said...

Would 'approval' be possible?

It's fine if it isn't, this blog is amazing either way. <3

Angela said...

Thanks for the approval add, Marissa. I'll look into adding this or something like it when I go back to adding entries for the ET.

Erica said...

Love this blog! This is just what I need to get the creative juices flowing.

Thank you :)

Hannah said...

I just want to say that I found this blog yesterday and I am now following, AND, I have it bookmarked so I can easily reference it. Thank you SO much! This is exactly what I need! =)


Angela said...

Thanks Erica and Hannah. I'm so glad you found us! :-)

LadyKisa said...

Thanks for a good website :) Since I'm writing a novel in english now it's good to know of your theosaurus :)

Christine said...

I found your site recently and can't tell you how long I had wished that something like this existed.

I had one thing I wanted to mention, though. I can't seem to get through to "arch" under the shape thesaurus. I was just wondering if there is a broken link?


Angela said...

Thanks for visiting, Lady Kisa!

Christine--thank you so much for letting me know about the broken link! It's all fixed now--sorry for the inconvenience!

Desiree said...

I found this blog through my writing group and I have to say "THANK YOU" this so much better than using a plain thesaurus and it helps to better create the emotions. I do have a suggestion: in settings, would it possible to do 'hotel'?
Thank you for the time you put into this blog. It is much needed and appreciated.

Angela said...

Hi Desiree, glad to see you here--i'm so glad you're being helped by the Emotion Thesaurus!

I'll add hotel to my list!

dstewart8 said...

My favorite-ever blog! May I suggest a school hallway, a small town (downtown area), and a police station as possible settings for the thesaurus?

Cher'ley said...

Just found this on Twitter. How wonderful Thanks.

Angela said...

Dstewart8, High School Hallway is here:

and the rest are on my list--thanks for the suggestions!

Cher'ley, I'm glad you found me! Go Twitter!

Soy said...

Great blog! It's my homepage! May I suggest a small country village like the one in "Charlotte's web" or in "Fantastic Mr. Fox" for the Setting Description Thesaurus? And what is really the best way to describe a place in a really special way, without sounding too visual?

Angela said...

Soy, that's great! A small country viliage would be a good addition to the setting thesaurus--both one that would fit in contemporary times and one that might have existed in the past. I see a lot of these in Fantasy setting especially.

Thanks for the suggestion!

I think your question is really excellent--so excellent that it would be a shame for it to be tucked away here unseen. I'm going to answer it fully in a post and then link it for you.

Angela said...

Soy, here's the link to the post regarding your question:

Mikki Sadil said...

Angela, I love this blog and your thesauruses ( theseaurusi ?)...I think I've said that before, nevertheless, I use them all the time, and really appreciate having something like this at my fingertips. Yes, I'm enjoying the Breakout Novel, thanks for your comment. Question: have you ever thought of doing (redoing)some of your settings as those in the 19th century? I'm thinking specifically of things like Victorian homes, libraries ( in the home), pubs, carriage houses...things like that. Since I'm writing an historical novel right now, I'm having to come up with ideas all on my own!

Angela said...


I would love to add these types of setting. Currently I'm sticking to what I know (and I don;t write historical), but I have been contacting writers in different genres from my own to guest post some of these types of setting, so stay tuned...:)

Cher'ley said...

I think I've expressed it before too, but Thanks. I love this blog and the Emotions is fantastic.

Mikki Sadil said...

Hi Angela,

Thanks for your comment on my blog about blogging and platforms. I appreciate the information. I am in the process of reading The Breakout Novel and just printed out your blog about the same issues on GLA. I'm trying to be original, just not sure I'm succeeding!


Martha Ramirez said...

This is an awesome site, Angela!! Wishing you much success!

Melanie said...

This is an awesome blog. Already it has been very helpful! :-D

Could you do a thesaurus page on describing a ship harbor in a historical setting?

Anonymous said...

I love your blog, it helps me out so much. I was wondering if you'd considered doing a Psychiatrist Office setting? It would be brilliant if you did.

Count Blah said...

Hi Angela,

Your website has me impressed, it is the kind of thesaurus that a writer needs. (as opposed to the other kind that just lists synonyms) ;). There is a different somewhat related resource I would like to draw your attention to: It is called WordStorm.

Based on a word that you choose, WordStorm generates a visual map of related concepts (not just synonymous words).
I found this helpful in some recent writing projects but I'm sure you can get all sorts of ideas out of it. The nice thing about it is that is does not just generate random words or random ideas, instead you can pick a starting point yourself and explore from there.

Let me know what you think about it.

Angela Ackerman said...

Thanks everyone for the setting thesaurus ideas. I'll definitely add them to the list! :)

Count Blah, thanks for the link to Wordstorm. :)

Sarah N Fisk said...

Hi! I just recently discovered this blog and I'm loving it so far.

The only thing is: you have your Blog Feed set to "short," which means I can only see the first 255 characters in Google Reader. Did you do this on purpose?

I read blogs primarily on Reader on my phone, so I often have to skip your blog posts. If you didn't do this on purpose, you can change it by going to Settings > Site Feed and under "Allow Blog Feeds," set it to "Full."


Anonymous said...

I LOVE this website! Just what I needed. This might sound silly, but I'm wondering if another
"muse" might be started entitled --"Sound Affects": people, animals, prehistoric animals, inanimate objects (crashing/bumping)and how certain sound affects might be spelled, etc. I'm writing a novel that involves prehistoric animals and dragon-type animals and I sometimes I have trouble in this area. Just a suggestion.

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Desiree said...

Just had to say that once again, this blog has saved me from using the same descriptions over and over again. many times can a person gulp nervously?

Just a question though...could you do a carnival setting, or a circus or even like a fair? I feel that you may have done it, but i could be missing it. If i am, i apologize. If not...:)

Thank you for this great resource.

Tracy said...

This is a great blog. I peruse it sometimes just to see what unexpected ideas it will give me. It's kind of like the writerly equivalent of a kid in a candy store.

One emotion I'd love to see you tackle is insecurity. I think it's a tough one to do well on the page, and I'm sure you would have a unique take on it.



Anonymous said...

How does one follow your blog outside Twitter or Facebook? I'm spending way too much time now reading various blogs from writers, editors and agents to add Twitter and Facebook to my day.

But I'd like to sign up as a follower, and I can't find a place on the website to do that, except for the Twitter, RSS or Facebook vehicle.

Angela Ackerman said...

Hi Anon,

You can follow me by clicking on the Google Friend Connect button where you see all the small avatar icon under 'Esteemed Stalkers'. If that doesn't work for you, subscribing to the email feed (further down in the sidebar) is fine, too. :)

Hope you're having a great week! :)

colbymarshall said...

Idea: Sound thesaurus? Would love it :-)

Christina said...

Hi there! I seriously love this site; I can't count how many times I've used the Setting Thesaurus. I was browsing through various settings when I realized you don't have one for a tattoo parlour. Have you considered adding one? If not, do you know of a place where I can find a good description of one? That would help me A LOT. Thank you :) <3

Angela Ackerman said...

Awesome, Christina--so glad you posted here. Tattoo Parlor sounds like a great add. We are concentrating on other thesaurus collections at the moment, but I'll add it to our ongoing list, sound good?

Until then, scan through the entry here at Wiki--it tells you a bit about a tattoo studio:

Also, you could read Ink Exchange By Melissa Marr--a tattoo parlor is a fixture setting in that book, so you'd get some really good description ideas. :)

revinaaclarr said...

This is a brilliant blog, and really helps me.
And you might have this somewhere already, but I can't find it. Grr.
What exactly is a look of horror? I can't find it anywhere!

Angela Ackerman said...

Hi Revina,

Unfortunately, this Emotion Thesaurus is incomplete. But fortunately, Becca and I are working on the Book version of the ET, which is pretty darn complete, so stay tuned! :)


Kelly Powell said...

Love the blog! I was wondering, could you add "underground" to the Setting Thesaurus?

Angela Ackerman said...

Hi Kelly,

Currently we aren't adding to the setting Thesaurus, but that is definitely one we'll do if we come back to it. For now though, a few other entries may help, like Dragon's Lair and Cave--both which have elements of the underground. I hope they help you for now!


SarahBoBarah said...

This is such an amazing blog and writing resource. I have spent literally hours on here over the past few days - you two are amazing!

I have a few suggestions for new Character Thesaurus entries should you find them interesting or have the time to get around to it.


Angela Ackerman said...

Hi Sarah--so awesome you found us and thanks for the great list! most of these are on our list for future entries, so keep an eye out for them. :)

Have a wonderful week, all!

Spirited Sarah said...

Hi Angela and Becca,
I noticed that many of your recent posts in the thesaurus do not show up on main page in the actual thesaurus. Is this something that takes time to update itself or are you planning on updating it at a later time? Just wondering, since I'll likely forget what other entries you've posted if they're not there :)

Angela Ackerman said...

Hi Sarah,

Normally we're on top of it, but December's been crazy for both of us so we got a bit behind. You'll see they are all up to date now, so thanks for mentioning it. :)


Rachel said...

These thesauri are the most fascinating and beneficial resources I've found on the internet, especially for me as a totally blind writer. Sometimes I find it difficult to describe the faces, eyes, and/or specific actions of my characters when they experience different emotional states, and I want to thank you for putting this collection together.
I have one request, and I apologize if I've just missed it somewhere. I looked all through the weather and setting thesauri, and I didn't find "the sky." I see "clouds" but could you give me some descriptors of the sky's overall appearance as it changes seasonally, at different times of the day, by setting, etc. (By setting, I mean does the sky appear different when you're looking at it near the ocean, from a city street, etc.) Also, can you specify the colors of the sky. I know blue for a clear sky, gray or even greenish for a stormy sky, but are there other more varied shades?
THANK YOU again for this treasury of words!

Becca Puglisi said...

Hi, Rachel. I'm so excited to hear that you're finding the thesauri helpful. I'll see what I can do about putting a Sky entry together ;)

uniquelymadebyhim said...

Hey, Ladies!
Thanks so much for creating and regularly updating this site. It is invaluable to me in my writing. Descriptions are the most difficult part of my writing process.

I was wondering if two additions could be made in the future. 1. General, physical descriptions of people (ie) elderly, baby, teenager, various skin colors, etc.
2. Sporting events: football, basketball, baseball games. Indoors and outdoors.

Thanks for your hard work and dedication! Don't know where my writing would be without websites like yours!


Becca Puglisi said...

Hi, Erica. Thanks so much for giving us your ideas. A thesaurus of physical descriptions is something we've been thinking about for awhile, so you might see that in the future. And our setting thesaurus, while finished, is by no means complete. We're always amazed at the things we forgot (how is there no Football Field on the list??), so I'll add your suggestions to the list. In the meantime, check this entry on Stands at a Sporting Event might be of help. and

docmon said...

A suggestion for your thesaurus, perhaps under Character traits: "control freak," or "controlling."


Anonymous said...

You should do one on features. I have issues explaining a characters features and would love to have some help on that. (:

Annieren said...

Hi, this is really awesome blog, it's really helpful and... just great (pardon my English :D)!

I just wanted to ask - I find this really good, so I got the idea, that I would translate it in Czech on my blog. I have there a few tips about writing, and I think this could help too :). I would of course give you credits, because it's not written by me, after all. I just wanted to ask, if it doesn't mind... :)

Angela Ackerman said...

Hi Annieren,

If you have a particular blog post in mind, we are happy to discuss a translation and placement on your blog. However, our blog has a lot of content (which we sometimes make changes to), so we cannot allow the whole thing to be translated in another language. Hope that make sense!

If you like you can contact me here for further discussion in obtaining permissions:


Meg MacPherson said...

Do you have any suggestions to describe a character who is "aloof" or "content"?

Becca Puglisi said...

Hi, Meg. We have "shy" in our Character Trait Thesaurus (in the sidebar), which could give you some good ideas for "aloof", and "calm" can offer some good suggestions for "content". :)

Darshana said...

Can you put in an entry for "parade" under settings thesaurus?

Any plans to create a thesaurus for historical time periods?


Becca Puglisi said...

Hi, Darshana! Unfortunately, we've retired the settings thesaurus for now. But if we decide to turn it into a book one day, 'parade' would be a great addition :).

And as for a historical settings thesaurus, that's definitely an intriguing idea. But I think the research for that one would probably take up more time than we have. We'll keep it mind, though. Thanks for the suggestion!

Lacey said...

Hey guys. Love the blog, I am a frequent visitor and just purchased The Emotion Thesaurus from Amazon. I am in the middle of a short story right now and it has been a great help for me. I have a question though. How would you all describe an infant baby with colic? Obviously a scrunched face in baby that's losing his/her breath crying but other than that I am stuck. What do you think the baby is feeling as these crying jags hit? Relief? I would really appreciate some insight. Thanks.

Angela Ackerman said...

Hi Lacey--so glad you found us and glad the ET is helping you. Now my kids never had colic, so I don't have it in my experience bank, but here's a link I found that describes the sensations a bit:

And one more:

Hope these help!


Minium said...

I've purchased The Emotion Thesaurus, which I found fantastic. I'm in the middle of writing a short story and was thinking of creating a weather thesaurus. But here it is! And more! You are genii! I especially like the location thesaurus. Thank you so much! Keep up the good work!

Becca Puglisi said...

Thanks so much, Minium. I'm glad you're finding so many things to help you here :).

Goofygrrl said...

I wanted to say thank you for this website and the thesaurus! I use it on a regular basis. :)

I was wondering if it would be alright with you if I could use one of the example paragraphs in the entry for mountains as a skeleton for a paragraph in the novel I'm currently writing. I loved the feel of it and it fit the scene I'm writing like a glove.

Becca Puglisi said...

Hi, Goofygrrl! I'm so glad you're finding The Muse useful. That's the reason we created it :).

As for your novel, I guess it would depend how 'skeletal' the example paragraph will be, lol. Obviously, your novel should be written in your own words. While the example may fit your scene, the tone and writing most likely won't fit the rest of your story, since every writer's style is different. Our blog is absolutely meant to be a brainstorming tool, to get writers thinking about their words and their stories in new ways. The Mountain entry seems to have done that for you. So please do let it motivate you to write your own paragraph in a way that best fits your story. Cheers!


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