It's a challenge to express emotion in an authentic and accurate way without sounding robotic.
Also, there's this drive as a writer to sound poetic and fresh with every single description...
At least for me the result is something like this.
*slam head against keyboard*
*in front of a mirror* *make tons of faces*
Sure, you'll look vain and self absorbed staring at your own face all the time...
Alright, this is an unrealistic suggestion if it's the only thing you use.
Yay, there's more! Here are some amazing HELPS.
The Emotion Thesaurus
"A book to help you write a book?"
So much yes.
Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are heroes among writers. I think of them as my best buddies because they've captured every range of weakness and made a Go-To-Guide just for me!
They know me so well.
Ok, I suppose everyone is welcome to their awesomeness.
Personally I work on 3x5 cards and list my character name at the top. Using
The Negative Trait Thesaurus:
I plot a character weakness, possible causes, and ways the weakness can be overcome or triggered in that character.
But, let's not leave the character emotionally unbalanced!
The Positive Trait Thesaurus:
Gives a nice rounded balance to each character, with some redeeming quality to round out their flaws. Even side characters have both aspects, though it might not be highlighted in my writing due to a non-importance for the reader to know all the background details in all the characters in a single story.
(rounded visual--in case this one was too confusing)
There is more to the Ackerman and Puglisi awesomeness than my favorite trio of writing resources.
Check out their place online:
Seriously, they know me so well. My best buddies (if they only knew me in real life).