Every once in a while I talk about writing craft. When my stories sag in the middle or cliches pour through my fingers faster than a gunslinger in a Louis L’Amour novel, I sometimes need a writing prompt to prevent my prose from derailing at Dead Man’s Curve.
Several years ago I discovered a wonderful blog over at Blogspot called “The Bookshelf Muse.” Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi filled their blog with thesaurus-like entries on emotions and using body parts—such as lips or eyes or hands and posts on writing craft. They became part of my writer’s tool box.
They published their first book compiled from the list on their site and turned it into The Emotion Thesaurus. I took my copy to a writer’s conference in Seattle to share the knowledge with my writer friends. Middle Grade author, Chelly Wood, and I pulled out our copies at the same time. Boy did we laugh.
The launch of Angela and Becca’s fourth and fifth thesauri takes place in June. Using setting to build sensory detail layers into each scene are The Urban Setting Thesaurus and The Rural Setting Thesaurus. The books use the five senses: Sight, smell, sound, taste, and texture.
Their site grew, expanded, needed more space, needed a new name. When they moved to their new site to WordPress, Writer’s Helping Writers, I followed right along.
If you haven’t visited them before and want to learn more about their books or just want to poke around Angela and Becca’s wonderful site, they are located at Writers Helping Writers. Their website is like a pound of shelled pistachios, I bet you can’t eat just one serving.
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Before using settings to up the tension.
After layering setting sensory details.
For those of you in the States, have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. For those of you elsewhere on our lovely blue planet, enjoy.