Well-organized and arranged for quick reference, The Romance Writers' Phrasebook is divided into easy to search categories such as "Physical Description," "Body Movements," "Facial Expressions," "Emotion," and "Colors." Because it was originally published in 1984, many of the descriptive phrases have long since become cliché and exact usage should be avoided. The phrasebook is most useful as a source of inspiration and ideas for helping writers develop their own descriptive style.
I've only just starting reading this book, but it's quickly becoming one of my favorite resources.
For me, the phrase book is a good starting point when I'm stumped on a gesture or where to start on how I want to describe an action or a particular emotion.
If you are a writer of romances or will have some romance in your books, you could use this reference book.
I have read hundreds more phrases while reading romance than this book covers. Didn't seem like the most important ones--especially pertaining to romance--were there.Published 2 months ago by Melinda Page
I remember this book from Johnny Carson's bit on the Tonight Show. He would read phrases from this book, then set up his bit called You Are the Author. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joseph McGarry
As a new writer sometimes it takes awhile to figure out what you're trying to say. This books is helpful in framing, though I will not be quoting word for word. :-)Published 2 months ago by D. E. Girardeau
If you're writing a straight romance book, this phrase book seems to have all of the ways of saying the same things in varied ways. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Happy and...
Really great writing tool. I added and embellished and changed and was so appreciative to have all of these phrases to draw from. Thanks so much.Published 3 months ago by Pamela D. Taeuffer
I keep this available for use at any given time when I get stuck! Great reference when you need that appropriate word or phrase!Published 5 months ago by S Stevenson
This is a good book for those who are writing romance fiction and have trouble coming up with just the right phrase to use.Published 5 months ago by Dianne H. Lundy, Author of The Girl from Nip 'n' Tuck
Very helpful indeed as a writer I am often debating words and descriptions this book is very helpful. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jacqueline Klueh
This is an awesome resources to get your brain fired up over different phrases and to think along romantic lines.Published 6 months ago by Good2Go