Tweeting Happily Ever After

I’ve read a few modern fairy tales in the past year. Some are classic updates for modern times, and I generally enjoy them. In these tales  Prince Charming may be the boy next door, but these modern rifts still deliver the happily-ever-after we expect. Others have a twist that not only removes the sugar-coating, but injects a dose of reality I’d rather reserve for the evening news. (Imagine Tom Thumb prescribed growth hormones. No, I’d rather not.)

On Twitter, @midnight challenged people to rewrite the classics with hashtag #UpdateAFairyTale.  Check it out and see what you think. There’s something for every fairy tale taste.

Emotion Dictionaries for Writers

Did she shrug? Did he scowl? There must be a better word. “He quirked an eyebrow” just won’t do. The right words is on the tip of my tongue…or not.
Happily, help is a web search away. Here are some of my favorite sites to help writers find just the right word or physical reaction to convey specific emotions:
Words for Facial Expressions
Whether the stare was wistful or vacant, you’ll find creative options here: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/100-words-for-facial-expressions/

Physical Tells
And, when you know the emotion but want the physical cues, check out this list from author Joanna Waugh.
http://www.joannawaugh.com/Craft.html

Words About Emotions
Need to define the emotion further? MacMillan has some descriptors to whittle down the emotion to its essential elements.
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/us/thesaurus-category/american/general-words-used-to-describe-emotions

The Emotion Thesaurus
This robust sampling from the published book lists the physical manifestations of many emotions.
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