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.
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