Jun 13 2016

Setting Thesaurus and a GIVEAWAY

There’s nothing better than becoming lost within the story world within minutes of starting a book. And as writers, this is what we’re striving to do: pull the reader in, pull them down deep into the words, make them feel like they are experiencing the story right alongside the hero or heroine.

A big part of achieving this is showing the character’s surroundings in a way that is textured and rich, delivering this description through a filter of emotion and mood. It means we have to be careful with each word we choose, and describe the setting in such a way that each sight, sound, taste, texture, and smell comes alive for readers. This is no easy task, especially since it is so easy to overdo it—killing the pace, slowing the action, and worst of all, boring the reader. So how can we create a true unique experience for readers and make them feel part of the action while avoiding descriptive missteps that will hurt the story?

writershelpingwriters_logo_300x300px_finalWell, there’s some good news on this front. Two new books have released this week that may change the description game for writers. The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to City Spaces and The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Personal and Natural Spaces look at the sights, smells, tastes, textures, and sounds that a character might experience within 225 different contemporary settings. And this is only the start of what these books offer writers.

In fact, swing by and check out this hidden entry from the Urban Setting Thesaurus: Antiques Shop.

And there’s one more thing you might want to know more about….

Rock_The_Vault_WHW1Becca and Angela, authors of The Emotion Thesaurus, are celebrating their double release with a fun event going on from June 13-20th called ROCK THE VAULT. At the heart of Writers Helping Writers is a tremendous vault, and these two ladies have been hoarding prizes of epic writerly proportions.

A safe full of prizes, ripe for the taking…if the writing community can work together to unlock it, of course.

Ready to do your part? Stop by Writers Helping Writers to find out more!

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You know what goes GREAT with these books? My own!
I’m giving away copies via Smashwords to TWO lucky winners. BONUS CONTEST! Enter here:

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Best of luck!


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  1. I find the Emotion Thesaurus as useful as my book of synonyms, especially since my brain seems to be fried when looking for alternative expressions at present!
    Good luck with the new books!
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    1. I enjoy the book as well.

    2. You won the giveaway! Way to go.

      1. Squeee! That’s me 🙂

        Your robot won’t let me leave a message that short 🙁
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  2. You are so lovely for letting me take over my blog, and how kind of you to also run a giveaway–thank you so much! I am so chuffed!

    Thank you for all the time and energy you’ve given during this lead up to launch and during this week. I am just so very grateful. 🙂


  3. Oh wow. Those sound like great books! This is the first I’ve even heard of them.
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    1. They’re pretty awesome. Thanks for stopping by!

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