WHAT IS IN YOUR TOOLBOX?
Writers do not only rely on our muse and imagination to write wonderful stories that intrigue and embrace our readers. Our wits may be great to get the guts of a story onto paper, but sometime after that we have to face facts….they will need work. Our characters must be groomed, our settings redecorated and the plots require a compass for direction. So what resource is in your toolbox that you turn to for that help? Here are some of my tools.
I’ve gained a number of tips from the Writer's Digest Write Great Fiction Collection that include:
Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell;
Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by Nancy Kress;
Dialogue by Gloria Kempton;
Description & Setting by Ron Rozelle;
Revision & Self-Editing by James Scott Bell.
My favorite resource is the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus by Christine A Lindberg. It’s a big book and full of neat helps for finding just that perfect word.
Plotting Princess Vicki Batman highly recommended this next book to me. Write Tight: Say Exactly What You Mean with Precision and Power by William Brohaugh. I am told you can’t find it in the bookstores anymore. I found it at Amazon.
There is always the classic that is highly regarded, The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White.
I also have special websites I refer to quite often…
The Non-Verbal Dictionary at http://center-for-nonverbal-studies.org/6101.html
The Emotion and Character Traits Thesaurus at http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/2008/01/introducing-thesaurus-thursdays.html
These are just a few of my helpful resources in my writing world. These do not replace any of my human companions known as critique partners and Plotting Princesses. Those ladies are special and precious and no amount of books can replace them.
So, what are some of your resources? Do you have favorite places to turn when your muse is stumped? Please share…I may add a few of them to my library.
BTW, if any of the books mentioned here perked an interest into purchasing, you might first come to the DARA Holiday Workshop and enter the raffle for the PRO Basket, which includes all the titles.