I know many writers and authors, myself included, love to turn the descriptive phrase when setting the scene around specific people, places and things. I think the grandest skill to be had is to make these subjects to come alive for the reader, not only visually, as an “objective observer”, but as a participant. Enter: the thesaurus.
Having suffered several mini-strokes upon the death of my parents years ago, it saddened and frustrated me as a writer, to find that I had “lost my words”, as it were. I was used to my brain being my own personal thesaurus…how disheartening to find that, that book would close itself against me, every time I needed it most: while writing.
When I began the process of preparing to publish for the first time, it seemed as though Fate itself took a hand in helping me to reach that goal.
I “discovered” a plethora of websites and blogs for all these wonderful, helpful, writer’s resources, and soon my Facebook page was filled with lists for alternate expressions and words; my cell phone gallery now has more screenshots of subject-specific thesaurus-es (thesaurii??!) than photos!
Today, I saw the following guest post/re-post, originally written by Ingrid Sundberg, on Karen Gray’s blog, “Thistley Roses”. Ms. Sunderberg takes the ‘descriptive phrase’ one step further, through her creation of the “Colour Thesaurus”.
If you are a writer, struggling to turn a descriptive phrase…or even if you’re not…I urge you to take a peek at this shared post, “The Amazing Colour Thesaurus”, and both of their blogs.
Many thanks to Karen and Ingrid for sharing this with the blogging world!