It's difficult to give much credibility to a book that late-night
talk-show hosts read from in order to titillate their audiences,
an indignity that has been endured by The Romance Writers'
Phrasebook. But this slim volume, which lists more than 3,000
descriptive phrases, is actually a useful resource, and not only
to romance writers. Any writer looking for a picturesque way of
describing a character, demonstrating action, or revealing
emotion will benefit from the advice of authors Jean Kent and
Well-organized and arranged for quick reference, The Romance
Writers' Phrasebook is divided into easy to search categories
such as "Physical Description," "Body Movements," "Facial
Expressions," "Emotion," and "Colors." Because it was originally
published in 1984, many of the descriptive phrases have long
since become cliché and exact usage should be avoided. The
phrasebook is most useful as a source of inspiration and ideas
for helping writers develop their own descriptive style.