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Monday, June 13, 2016

It's the Angela and Becca Show!

By now I bet most writers who cruise these blogs know about the thesaurus series written by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. If you haven't heard of them and their books or their sites Writers Helping Writers or One Stop for Writers you may look to see if you're living under rock.

Angela has been of tremendous personal help to me, being a mentor and friend, so I'm always happy to help spread the word about the latest endeavors these inspirational ladies are launching. Today it's all about the newest additions to the Thesaurus family.

Take it away ladies!

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As we storytellers sit before the keyboard to craft our magic, we're usually laser-focused on the two titans of fiction: plot and character. Yet, there's a third element that impacts almost every aspect of the tale, one we really need to home in on as well: the setting.

The setting is so much more than a painted backdrop, more than a stage for our characters to tromp across during the scene. Used to its full advantage, the setting can characterize the story's cast, supply mood, steer the plot, provide challenges and conflict, trigger emotions, help us deliver those necessary snippets of backstory...and that's just scratching the surface. So the question is this: how do we unleash the full power of the setting within our stories?


Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000046_00067]Well, there's some good news on that 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 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 Rural Setting Thesaurus: Ancient Ruins.
 
And there's one more thing you might want to know more about....

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Becca 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 the Writers Helping Writers site 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!

37 comments:

  1. So true the setting is important to a story, though I'm not so good at writing them. Congrats to Angela and Becca on their new book!

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    1. I do pretty well with settings, particularly if their of a tropical nature. :)

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  2. I have three of their books, more now to be added to my library! Congrats ladies! Setting is key, but today, be careful, too much and you turn the reader off, too little and no one knows where your characters are. A fine line for sure. James A. Michener would be appalled. :)

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    1. Or Tolkien! Middle Earth is a character unto itself.

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  3. Hi Bish - another two great books to add to their library ... clever ladies to keep promoting these thesaurus series books ... cheers Hilary

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    1. They are wonderful books for the word workers among us!

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  4. These look fantastic! Their Emotional Thesaurus is so helpful, and I recommend it to everyone. Definitely going to snag these two :)

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  5. Their thesauruses sound awesome. I've been wanting the Emotion Thesaurus for so long. All of these would be a great help to writers.

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  6. These sound interesting - even though I don't write novels. :)

    Susan at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. No matter what you write, they might be useful.

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  7. Not one but two books to help us. Thanks, Angela!

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  8. I really admire those who have the tenacity to hang in there, and get the novel written, re-written...I could never do that, but love to see others succeed.

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    1. Well, you know Susan, without an audience, without a cheering section we wouldn't have any kind of art. :)

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  9. These are great resources. Hooray and gratitude to Angela and Becca.

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    1. Indeed they are wonderful resources!

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  10. I do indeed live under a rock, but at least it's a clean, comfortable rock.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. LOL! Peek out and take a look at these books, they're greeeeat!

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  11. Oh my gosh, you guys--look at all these kind things you're saying about our books! I am speechless, truly. Thank you all so much, and Bish too for once again letting me sneak onto her blog. :) I am very blessed to know so many wonderful and supportive people--wishing you all a wonderful week. :)

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    1. My pleasure and honor, Angela. You and Becca ROCK!

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  12. Settings definitely bring the story new direction!! Thanks for the love, Bish!!!

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  13. Congrats, Angela and Becca! I have the Emotional Thesaurus books. Now there are two more to add to my collection. :)

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    1. They are so helpful. Thanks for stopping by, Cherie.

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  14. Congratulations to Angela and Becca! I also have the full set and now will be adding this two.

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  15. I saw these on another blog post today, and what a great resource! Everyone needs a little help sometimes, eh?

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  16. Looks like a great set of books to add to my writer's toolkit. Thanks for sharing about these.

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  17. Ah! Thank you all again. You don't know what this support means to us. My heart is very full right now <3

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  18. Awesome. They write great books that are amazing resources for writers.

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