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Pick and choose a conflict? Uh, not so fast.
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2021
For me, The Emotions Thesaurus is by far the most useful in the series. This one, though, might be good if you’re writing melodrama using shallow characters. I think the tendency to want to look through this thesaurus to rustle up some conflict for its own sake will be tempting, but prove disastrous for your story. Conflict that pushes the story forward should be brought into your story by the complex characters you develop, not because you find it in the thesaurus. If you do have complex, multi-dimensional characters, and just happen to have one of the thesaurus’s pre-planned conflicts inherent in a believable situation, then all is good and helpful. Something else that royally ticks some of us off is that this thesaurus will never end. It will be volume 1, 2, 3, etc. And frankly, if you do you work on character development, you won’t have need or the time to spend plowing through this book. If only writing were so easy…