I love books. Like many writers, I am a reader first and so many books provide inspiration for my stories. But some books help writers make those word connections to readers. So if you're looking for a way to improve your writing, you may consider adding these two books to your library. I keep them on my iPad so I always have them handy to reference.
The Emotion Thesaurus.
If you've been writing longer than a second, I'm sure you've heard the phrase 'show, don't tell'. Well here is the showing part in one handy reference book. The major emotions are present and give the body language (90% of communication is body language) that your character would see in others, the internal reaction your character would feel (no more POV slips), the mental slippage emotion cause and the long term effects of that particular emotion. The links are interactive so you can jump around as needed. The authors even provide hints on how to use the book. The ebook is only 4.99 USD and is well worth the investment.
Writing Fight Scenes by Rayne Hall
While not everyone includes action in their books, occasionally a character can get a bit uppity and need an attitude adjustment. This book begins with a basic technique on writing a scene, including tips on building up to the action. The author then moves onto the variety of weapons. She provides specific verbage to use for the weapon, descriptions and no-nos, plus there are links to youtube videos so you can watch the weapons in action.
Until next month!