Two Handy Reference Books Every Beginning Writer Should Have
The Emotional Thesaurus – A Writer’s Guide to Character Expressions
How many times does the axiom “show, don’t tell” appear in fiction writers’ guides, how-to books, conferences, and blogs? This easy to use guide makes it possible to avoid clichés, write varying levels of emotion, and select the right physical/emotional responses for any character.
This book is full of excellent emotional references. Each major category has a definition, lengthy list of physical signals, internal sensations, mental responses, cues of acute of long-term (emotion), what emotion may escalate to, and cues of suppressed (emotion). A writer’s tip follows at the end of each emotion category.
Webster’s Instant Word Book – 35,000 words spelled and divided.
It’s midnight, 100 words to finish a chapter, and suddenly the correct spelling for urjent or urgint has escaped the mind. A few seconds later, a scan of page 302 provides the correct spelling for urgent.
This handy 4” by 6” guide is portable, lighter than a standard dictionary, does not have the limitations of an electronic dictionary, and is an excellent hyphenation reference. It includes a punctuation guide and abbreviations listing.
As a young boy at family gatherings, I recall listening to the men after a meal. The opinions around the subjects of politics, car brands, hippies, and rock n roll filled the room with energy like aromatic smoke from a pipe. But, when the story telling began everyone found a seat or patch of floor. We sat for hours absorbing the stories, fact or fiction, that shaped who we became and it strengthened our imaginations. Fifty years later I know that a world without imagination would be pretty boring.
Retirement came a little earlier than wanted. I decided it was time for that dream job. Three years later, I am an aspiring writer telling stories that hopefully guides a reader’s imagination to a world of excitement, and provide a brief rest from the everyday duties.
Winter’s Thief is the first of a three book series. Soft cover books available at your favorite Internet bookstore, or at the website www.AndeanWhite.com. The e-book version is available at Amazon.com.