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Zara West

I tend to either not show enough emotion or used “crutch” words (the old 9verly-used words) like “smiled,” “nodded,” and “gasped.”


Hi Jeanne,

We all use those crutch words in our first drafts. I strongly suggest that you get The Emotion Thesaurus, if you don’t already have it. I couldn’t live without it. I have also made myself my own visceral/physical chart. I will put it up on my workshop webpage for you. Look for it tomorrow.

Note to all: If you have an old copy of the Emotion Thesaurus, a new edition came out in 2019 which is much expanded and well worth the purchase.




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