I’m always looking for tips and advice that make the process of creating easier. One such source of advice has been Kathy Steinemann. I discovered her writing lists on Kboards and they include true blue gems like:
- 100 Ways To Say Clear The Throat
- Other Ways To Say “Roll The Eyes”
- Over 100 Ways To Say “Little”
Whenever I’d discover one of her new lists, I would tweet them out as a way to keep track of them. And as I wrote and edited my story, The Pursual, I referred to Kathy’s lists and used as many of her suggestions as I could.
Well, Kathy’s lists are finally available in a nifty book called The Writer’s Lexicon: Descriptions, Overused Words, and Taboos. After going through the book, I wish I actually had the book much earlier as all her tips are well organized in this format.
There’s something Kathy mentioned in her “Why I Wrote This Book” section –
As you write, realize that you won’t find every word you need in a thesaurus.
Boy, is that the truth! As much as I love a thesaurus, I know that it isn’t always the best way to find an alternative word or reference. Personally, I keep track of interesting ways to express things. However, The Writer’s Lexicon has become an additional tool for me to find creative ways to write the things I, or my characters, need to say.
I strongly recommend The Writer’s Lexicon: Descriptions, Overused Words, and Taboos. You don’t have to be a fiction writer to get your money’s worth from this one. So, get your copy today!