I was recently writing something and although the thing down on paper was technically correct, the “feel” was just all wrong. I’m sure we’ve all had that happen, where it’s supposed to be a tear-jerker moment, but it comes out as sterile as a hospital room.
Well, I was looking for something to help. Maybe this exists, and I know it’s a little subjective, but… is there some kind of dictionary where they give you the tone/mood qualities of a given word?
Bonus points if it can also suggest other, more appropriate, options — like a thesaurus, only based on tone rather than definition.
The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi might be helpful to you. It doesn’t cover tone, but it gives suggestions for how to effectively convey emotions through a character’s body language. I’m wondering if the problem is that you’re not infusing enough emotions into the scene and that’s why it feels sterile. These posts from C. S. Lakin’s blog might prove useful as well: