The Ultimate Fiction Thesaurus (a creative writing study in the tradition of the elements of style)

The Ultimate Fiction Thesaurus (a creative writing study in the tradition of the elements of style)

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by Sam Stone
     
 
There are a thousand ways to say something and at least a few hundred to express it well. This is not simply another thesaurus but a writing lesson which aims to shave a year off of your creative development. This is a bold objective but as you go over these devices, in this brief but powerful tutorial, it will train you to think like a novelist. Let's see how this

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There are a thousand ways to say something and at least a few hundred to express it well. This is not simply another thesaurus but a writing lesson which aims to shave a year off of your creative development. This is a bold objective but as you go over these devices, in this brief but powerful tutorial, it will train you to think like a novelist. Let's see how this works:

First we start with a character description: Bill has grey hair.

This is a fine description, and certainly direct, but let's flex our muscles a little more:

Bill's hair is salted with grey.
Bill's hair is frosted with age.
Bill's hair is threaded with silver.

Now try these concept words on your own: peppered, streaked, flecked, weeded

You can immediately see the limitations of a traditional thesaurus; they are helpful at supplying literal equivalents, such as charcoal for grey, but frequently miss the finer nuances of language.

Beyond the inspirational support most books offer, I can assure you that two things, and only two, are guaranteed to improve your writing. These are reading and the act of writing itself. This is a small but unique 'literary thesaurus' that bridges the gap of reading by taking common descriptive devices and words and places them into usable categories that will serve as a ready toolbox for your own writing.

This lesson is ideal for beginning and intermediate fiction writers and is approximately thirteen pages in length.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013716766
Publisher:
4 Boys Publishing
Publication date:
01/18/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
973,520
File size:
19 KB

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The Ultimate Fiction Thesaurus 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could have done without this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always have trouble with sentence structure and explainkng too much or without enough detail becaise i go into a lengthy dialogue scene. This book helped me a lot even if it was 14 pages.