The Writer’s Bookshelf: Recommended References and Writing Resources (Episode 34: Discussing “The Rural and Urban Setting Thesauruses” by Angela Ackerman & Bella Puglisi)

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Writing about a bar in the back of an industrial plant? How about a restaurant sitting on a pier over the Atlantic Ocean (around here, we call that Benny’s on the Beach)? What about that barn you think you slept in the night you passed out in Missouri (we don’t need to know why you passed out)? You know what they look like? Can you recall the smells?

Welcome back to The Writer’s Bookshelf.

Continuing our theme about settings, this week we focus on yet another thesaurus pairing by the stellar authorial team of Angela Ackerman and Bella Puglisi, this time about rural and urban settings. Combined, the thesauruses, The Rural Setting Thesaurus and The Urban Setting Thesaurus, cover over 200 locations that you can study and adapt for authenticity in your writing. Pair them with other thesauruses we’ve covered in this series, and you can have a believable situation where your rabbi and priest protagonists walk into a bar and, well, the rest is up to you. But now you can tell a version of the story that we can believe because you’ll have the right tools to tell it.

Get the books at the links below, and don’t forget to check out our full discussion in this week’s video.

The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Personal and Natural Spaces

by Angela Ackerman & Bella Puglisi

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Amazon Metadata:

·  Paperback: 259 pages

·  ISBN-10: 0989772551

·  ISBN-13: 978-0989772556

·  Publisher: JADD Publishing (May 22, 2016)

The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to City Spaces

by Angela Ackerman & Bella Puglisi

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Amazon Metadata:

·  Paperback: 304 pages

·  ISBN-10: 098977256X

·  ISBN-13: 978-0989772563

·  Publisher: JADD Publishing (May 22, 2016)

Note: These books and other thesauruses by Angela Ackerman and Bella Puglisi contain entries that can also be checked online via their database of definitions at One Stop for Writers. This service not only contains the same entries that you can find within these books, but they have additional categories exclusive to the service (like weather and color thesauruses), as well as a character creator that allows you to integrate traits, emotional wounds, etc. directly into character creation. If you’re an industrious writer who likes to know his or her character before writing about him, then check it out.

Check out other entries in the Writer’s Bookshelf series here.

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