Thursday, June 02, 2011

Thesaur-ish Thursday

I cringed my way through a free e-book last night. 

(Actually, I only made it through one chapter, but that’s beside the point. -__-) 

The thing was riddled with sentences telling—not showing—everything in a choppy, arrhythmic play-by-play. /Sigh. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for writers taking the initiative and getting their work out there—I just wish some would take better advantage of the awesome, free resources available online. 

“But what if they don’t know about these resources?” 
…That’s a good point.

 Okay, In light of that possibility, I’m going to highlight one of my favorites:  

“The Bookshelf Muse” is one of the most helpful blogs I follow. Yes, it’s has the insightful posts and interviews you’d expect from a great blog, but that’s not all. Are you ready for this? It’s full of… thesauruses! (Does “thesaurus” make anyone else picture a big, goofy dinosaur? No? *Cough* Nevermind.) 

Anyway, Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi have really outdone themselves with this. If you dig around, you’ll find: 

Invaluable, right? You should’ve seen me geek out, when I first stumbled across it. ;) Have fun!

P.S. I just want you guys to know that I support all of you, regardless of how you’re pursuing your writing project/dream/career. Why? Because:
I <3 you guys. We’re all in the same boat. It’s important to encourage, respect, and appreciate each other.
2) I love reading. Period. Your book can be printed, electronic, or spelled out in licorice. Traditionally published or “self-pubbed.” Agented or unagented. I don’t care. If it’s good, I’ll read it. 'Nuff said. :)


Patrick said...

Oh wow! I never knew such resources existed! I can't wait for these Thesaurus. That has always been something that has frustrated me about normal Thesaurus, you have to shift through this huge list of words and it may not even useful to the situation you are trying to write. (Hope that makes sense)

Thanks again for the great resource advice :)!

Carrie Butler said...

You're welcome. It made perfect sense. I'm glad you'll be able to use them. :D

Angela Ackerman said...

Carrie, thanks so much for the shout out! The whole reason we started these because there were no resources out there built with the writer in mind to help with these trouble spots. It started with the Emotion Thesaurus and just snowballed from there!

Thanks again--really appreciate you passing on the word. The more people that know, the better!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Carrie Butler said...

Angela, you're more than welcome. I'm glad to spread the word. Thank you for taking the time to come here and comment! :)

Becca Puglisi said...

Wow, what a great shot in the arm! Thank you so much for the shout-out today. We're always happy to hear that our blog has helped another writer.

Have a great weekend!

Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse

Carrie Butler said...

Becca, you're very welcome! It was so nice of you guys to stop by and comment. Thank you! I really appreciate the support.

You too! :)

Anonymous said...


Thanks so much for the info! I totally agree with your take on some of the writing out there. I've lost count of the books I've purged off my Kindle without finishing them.

Again, thanks. This was a GREAT find!!!

Best to you.

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks for commenting, Bryce!

Oh! You're welcome. :) I'm really glad you found the information useful. It's a really great site.

Hmm... I guess that's one good thing about lackluster books; they make us appreciate the great ones even more.

You too! :)