DL Fowler's Blog

A Terrific Resource for Writers

Posted in Characters, Emotions, Research, Show Don't Tell, Writing by DLFowler on January 17, 2011

I came across a great resource recently and added a link to it in my blogroll (BookMuse – see on left below).  A couple of things right off the bat … the emotions thesaurus and a feature called “Expressing Cardinal Emotions: Male vs Female.”  I plan to use both of these to help with show-don’t-tell issues I run into with my writing.

A great example is the difference between physical reactions of men and women to anger. Men want to hit things, women glare and cross their arms.

While I’m focused right now on show-don’t-tell emotions, Bookshelf Muse also has a Settings Thesaurus with words you can use to show-don’t-tell physical surroundings.  

I recommend you frequent the Muse if you’re a writer.

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