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Writers own a lot of books, but there are only a few they really use. For me, one of those books is The Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus, second edition. I came across a reference to it in a blog, checked it out online, then ordered it. I love it. It helps me find a word that will freshen up what I’m writing, instead of repeating the same tired old words.
Cover of The Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus
I recently discovered another book on goodreads that I think I will order. It’s entitled The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Emotional Expression by Angela Ackerman. It’s highly praised by users.
The third useful book I’m going to mention is a visual dictionary. I don’t mean an illustrated dictionary with more words than pictures. A visual dictionary has all pictures that are well-labeled. For example, when writing about a clockmaker, he would be using certain tools and dealing with specific parts of a clock. Most of us have no idea what those might be properly called. Such a book is invaluable then.
Visual dictionary of parts of the head. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)would accurately be called, but with a good visual dictionary you can find the specific term.
Be careful what you buy. A picture dictionary is not the same thing, nor is an illustrated dictionary. Some I would suggest are: Ultimate Visual Dictionary by DK Publishing; The Facts on File Visual Dictionary; The Macmillan Visual Dictionary; The Firefly Visual Dictionary; and the Merriam-Webster’s Visual Dictionary.
I’m always on the look-out for resources that will assist me where I have writing weaknesses. It’s good to cull our bookshelf from time to time and update our resources. Of course, lots of people don’t want to haul books around or store them. There are often good online resources as well. Here are a few helpful sites:
Visual Dictionary Online
List of Colors
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Blaas Eugen Von An Interesting Story (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I recently read a book entitled Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story by Christina Baldwin. It’s a lovely book, calm and quiet, but with great insight. It’s not a book about how to write, but more why we write. It shows us how story connects us and the power of stories.
This book can be skimmed for inspiration when we are bereft of ideas and wonder why we keep trying to get a story out. We are all storytellers in our own way, but not everyone is a storycatcher. Be on the lookout, ask questions, meet new people, and most of all be a listener.
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Writing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Some days it helps to have a little inspiration when it comes to writing. In January I purchased a book entitled, The Daily Writer by Fred White, “366 meditations to cultivate a productive and meaningful writing life.” It provides a variety of thoughts and information related to writing to reflect on via a page a day.
For example, January 9th is about revision. White tells us that if we write we will need to rewrite. There is no way around it and to accept it as part of the process. He points out many famous authors and the number of times they rewrote their well-known stories.
April 10th is about using your nightmares in your writing. Those scary places and creatures, those feelings of fear, the uncertainty of what will come, can be folded into a story to give it depth. He suggest it might make for good writing while helping to rid you of those hidden demons.
It’s fun to flip though, even if you don’t use it everyday. It reminds us of things related to writing and expands on that with tips and further reflection sections. It also makes a good gift for a friend who’s into writing.
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