Monday, January 16, 2012

I Love The Internet

A FEW YEARS AGO when I was up to my eyeballs in manuscript work, I kept a few reference books nearby to refer to when, for instance, "walk" seemed mundane and a colorful synonym was called for. I still have those books but more and more I'm finding myself referring to Microsoft's thesaurus or sometimes the online Merriam-Webster. 

As we all know a major perk of the Internet is that it delivers truckloads of  information right to our fingertips. In my quest to familiarize myself with the literary world at large I've subscribed to many writerly blogs. Fun stuff. 

Although at this point I can't remember which link brought me to The Bookshelf Muse, I was thrilled to make its acquaintance. It appeals to my inner word-nerd with lots of cool helps for improving my writing. 

Clicking on the link will bring you to the latest blog entry, an exposition of a theme such as the character trait, "Modest." With positives and negatives, common portrayals and cliches to avoid, a writer can get a good idea how they want to craft a "modest" character. On the right sidebar is an index with an expansive Emotions Thesaurus; a Weather and Earthly Phenomena Thesaurus; a Color, Shape & Texture Thesaurus; a Character Traits Thesaurus; a Setting Thesaurus and a Symbolism Thesaurus

Just for fun, in the Settings Thesaurus, I clicked on the "High School Hallway" option. There were dozens of words to describe the Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste and Touch of this venue. Below that were writing examples, and a few similes and metaphors. Of course all of this is free! 

If you're a writer looking for inspiration, here is a super duper resource. 

As always, 
thanks for visiting! 


  1. You're very welcome! I'm glad i stopped by! xogail PS I will visit that site today!

  2. Grace I love the internet for such great resources...I visited the site and it is great...thx for the link!!

  3. Grace, you are MY sunshine! Currently, working on some character development and emotions -- this should be very handy. Thank you much!

  4. This sounds like a great aid for writing.

  5. Grace, thanks so much for the shout out! I am so glad you found your way to us, and that our blog helps with your writing--that means we're doing our job! Writing is tough, and there is so much to juggle and learn. We want to make it just a little easier. :)

    Huge hugs and have a great week!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  6. Thank you so much for the shout out, Grace. We're always so glad to hear when the blog is helping writers with their day-to-day writing. I'm so glad you found us!

    Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse

  7. Glad you are enjoying finding new resources, Grace...and thank you for sharing;-)

  8. This sounds like my kind of blog. Thank you so much for pointing it out. If you like Emily Dickinson, her ghost guest posts for me today, Roland

  9. For many years I resisted the internet thinking it was a lot of trivial social media. Then I looked at the internet and saw what was on it and I was hooked. In many ways it's still a Pandora's boxfull of misleading time-wasting crap and social media, but it's also a great forum for connecting and interacting and finding very useful information in a convenient manner.

    Wrote By Rote


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