Monday, July 20, 2020

Writers, Have You Heard? Angela and Becca have ANOTHER Thesaurus + Giveaway

Congratulations to Erin Ellison who won WOOD, WIRE and WINGS from last week's blog. For those of you who didn't win--you'll get a second chance when I feature Kirsten Larson's publication journey in an upcoming blog.


As many of you know, I am a HUGE fan of One Stop for Writers  and Writers Helping Writers, the brainchild of Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. (Click here for my behind-the-scenes interview with them.)

You might have thought that seven thesauri would be enough. But not for them! They realized that your character's choice of occupation speaks volumes about him or her. So, of course, they decided to do something about it. The Occupation Thesaurus is releasing TODAY and boy, does it have a lot to offer!

Let's say you are working on developing your protagonist, antagonist, or an important secondary character. A part of what you want to figure out is what your character does to support herself or her family. Their choice of employment will say a lot about who that person is. Here is the list of jobs detailed in this thesaurus; please click on the link and be impressed with the 124 entries! 

Angela and Becca provided a sneak peak into one of those occupations: firefighter

You'll see that each occupation includes training, necessary skills and abilities, useful skills or talents, helpful character traits, sources of friction, people they interact with, how the occupation meets the character's internal needs, how to switch the stereotype, and considerations about why a character would choose that job. Just reading through one entry could give you dozens of ideas for a story as well as insight into your character. 

In addition, amazing writers in our community have put together additional career profiles for you, based on jobs they have done in the past. (Shout out to my friend, Jarm Del Boccio who contributed "Children's author"!) This is a great way to access accurate information so you can better describe the roles and responsibilities that go with a specific job, right? To access this list, GO HERE

If you're like me, you might like all this information at your fingertips. If you join One Stop for Writers, then this thesaurus-- along with all seven others is right there--waiting for you to browse, brainstorm, and create.  

If you'd rather purchase a print or digital copy of the book, here is a list of e-tailers who have it.


To celebrate the release of their new book, Writers Helping Writers has a giveaway happening July 20th to July 23rd. You can win some great prizes, including gift certificates that can be spent on writing services within our Writer’s Showcase. Stop by this site to enter! FYI, although I love your comments on my blog, this is Angela and Becca's giveaway. So leaving me a comment won't qualify you for entering their contest. 


Theresa Milstein said...

Congratulations to these two. I'm so impressed how they've grown this series.

Angela Ackerman said...

You are such a gem, Carol! Thank you so much for this lovely post. I am so hopeful this book will help writers do more with this often-underutilized yet incredibly powerful detail. Thank you so much for all your launch help! <3


Carol Baldwin said...

I know, Theresa. They are amazing! I'm happy to help out, Angela!

Kathy and Greg said...

What wonderful news! I have The Emotion Thesaurus and many of my writing friends use it as well. So glad to know that this new book is available, I'll let me fellow writers know!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thank you, Kathy!

Kathleen said...

I use their info so much. And this new Occupation Thesaurus is a brilliant idea! Congratulations to Angela and Rebecca!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks or stopping by, Kathleen!

Angela Ackerman said...

Thank you all so much for the kind words. Becca and I hope this book will be a great addition to our other guides, helping writers in new ways. :)

Carol Baldwin said...

I'm sure it will be, Angela!

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