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of lists is a major insult.
It sits next to my computer, and before I start to write,
I spend about 5-10 minutes browsing through it.
That usually jump starts the writing part of mind and
gets me moving to either start a new book, or finish a
chapter in an existing manuscript.
I also wear it out during editing and/or re-write phases,when
a certain word or phrase is needed to fit into a certain situation.
Not that it does your writing for you, no, that's all on and up to you.
Master Lists for Writers, is a tool to help make you a better writer.
Sitting down and writing is your job.
Make sure you take advantage of everything available to get you to be a
And this book will help you do just that.
Or maybe you find yourself in that situation where you are able to write, but the words just don’t seem to fit. You are having a difficult time expressing yourself and your writing sounds flat, dull, uninspiring, even boring. You have writing goals and publishing deadlines to meet. What do you do?
Well, you can do what I have done in the past…just blow off your writing for the day. After all, there is all of that research that needs to be done – you know, on Facebook. But if you are looking to spend your time a little more productively, then I would highly recommend picking up a copy of Master Lists for Writers, by Bryn Donovan (Munds Park Publishing, 2015).
Master Lists for Writers is a tremendous resource for writers at any stage in their career. Whether you are working on your very first story or novel, or you are a veteran published author, you will find inspiration and motivation within the almost three hundred pages of writing tips and lists included between the covers of this gem.
Some of the helps you will find inside include:
- 183 different facial expressions
- Page after page of physical and emotional descriptions for your characters
- 500 great words for action scenes
- 25 plot twists
- 25 motives for murder
- 100 character quirks
- 50 ways to show a character is a good person
- Ways people say Good-bye
- Ways people verbalize negative feelings
- 50 actions that show attraction
And the lists go on and on...
There is one whole section devoted to character names, from Viking names to medieval England. If your story takes place in the old west, and you are looking for just the right name for your protagonist or your antagonist, then the list 200 names from the Wild West would be a good one to check out. Or maybe your story is more contemporary. Don’t worry, there’s no need to pick a name out of the phone book. Master Lists for Writers has a list of 400 different names for contemporary heroes and heroines.
Another section covers dialogue and yet another has numerous lists devoted to plotting your story. The only downside I see to this book is that it is filled with so much useful information that you might be in danger of spending your time reading through the lists instead of actually doing your writing! But I think that Bryn Donovan even anticipated that possibility because the last list in the book is 10 Reasons Why You Should Write That Story.
In sections such as Emotional Descriptions, Descriptions of Gestures and Body Language, etc, phrases are used rather than just words. This extra content gives a better understanding of how the word can be used. It's also familiar, as I make notes of phrases I think would be useful when reading.
Those lists where extra content could be confusing, such as physical description--which is broken down nicely into subcategories so you're not reading descriptive words of eye color when you need one for the eyebrows or mouth!--provide words that are capable of generating the proper image on their own.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to writers, professional or amateur, who have trouble sometimes finding just the right word to get the image from their mind to the page.
My favorite part of the book was the Plotting Chapter, where the author lists various plot starters to get you going on your book as well as many other potential story ideas. This is great for when I have the characters in mind but not much else. I was also surprised at the character name section. The names aren't the usual ones you see in every other name book. These were broken down by names popular during certain time periods. The author seems to cover everything that I have trouble with when writing a book.
This book had a little bit of everything all rolled into one. I buy a lot of writing instruction books, and if I had seen this one first, I wouldn't have bothered to buy anything else. This book is packed full of information.
The lists are inspiring. Not only does it give you a lot of different ways to illustrate what you are saying, it is also helped me think about things from other perspectives.
I've been writing like mad and I haven't even made it to the end of the book. It gets your juices flowing. So yeah, I would recommend every writer adding this to their reference arsenal.