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The Ultimate Fiction Thesaurus - A Writing Study [Kindle Edition]

Sam Stone
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There are a thousand ways to say something and at least a few hundred to express it well. This is not simply another thesaurus but a writing lesson which aims to shave a year off of your creative development. This is a bold objective but as you go over these devices in this brief but power tutorial, it will train you to think like a novelist. Let’s see how this works:

First we start with a character description: Bill has grey hair.

This is a fine description, and certainly direct, but let’s flex our muscles a little more:

Bill’s hair is salted with grey.
Bill’s hair is frosted with age.
Bill’s hair is threaded with silver.

Now try these concept words on your own: peppered, streaked, flecked, weeded

You can immediately see the limitations of a traditional thesaurus; they are helpful at supplying literal equivalents, such as charcoal for grey, but frequently miss the finer nuances of language.

Beyond the inspirational support most books offer, I can assure that two things, and only two, are guaranteed to improve your writing. These are reading and the act of writing itself. This is a unique ‘literary thesaurus’ that bridges the gap of reading by taking common descriptive devices and words and places them into usable categories that will serve as a ready toolbox for your own writing.

This study is ideal for beginning and intermediate fiction writers.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 85 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Four Boys Publishing; 1st edition (March 22 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006T8G1F0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,987 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference! Sept. 21 2013
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It helps in writing even for just writing to someone or writing an article. It is not the usual Thesaurus; it something more definitive in expressing ones self.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fiction Thesaurus -- But not Ultimate Aug. 25 2012
By eric u. - Published on
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I had the 'The emotion thesaurus' so I said why not this? Was I disappointed? Not really. But I felt the writer could have or should have gone the whole 9 yards, rather, he chooses to short cut it by asking you to do it. At the end of the 24 page "book" he tells us to wait for book 2 of this collection. I'm like, huh? Why not put everything in 1 book? Except of course you're cutting it to make more change.

Would I recommend this pamphlet? Yes, I feel it's merits (Character descriptions)out weigh the previously mentioned shortcomings. A fiction thesaurus it is. An ultimate one, it is not.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fiction Lesson - Sam Stone Jan. 4 2012
By flower pot - Published on
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having read numerous creative writing books and articles, I liked this lesson in vocabulary use as a way to exercise my creative brain. The examples are clear and practical and, when you read it, you do recognize a fair number of commonalities in popular writing. Not a real thesaurus, obviously, but a lesson which gets you thinking about which words you choose and why
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow--This book is incredible June 5 2012
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WOW . . . The author has provided writers with a grand cheat-sheet. I write fiction for a living and I want to write as well and as FAST as I can. If you keep this little book handy (if you could see it in print form, I am sure it would look more like a booklet)he can get you un-stumped when you want some inspiration for a character who is grumpy, who flirts, who has gray hair--not just any gray hair, but hair salted with gray. It goes on and on. If you write for a living or if you write because you must,in order to graduate from college (or high school)then buy this book. It's only 99-cents.

By the way, nobody asked me to write this. This is an unbiased recommendation. I have no idea who this author is.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If this is the Ultimate One Why is there an Ultimate Two? Dec 16 2013
By Roger F, Shepherd - Published on
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This list may help in choosing between UT 1 and UT2. Or Deciding that both Thesauruses might prove useful.

UT 1 Topics deal with Character Studies, Body Types,
Clothing, Elderly, Eyes, Feminine, Hair, Beards, Masculine,Noses, Personality, Skin, Teeth, Voices, Facial expressions, Conduit of expressions, Body Language, Verbs for Common Events, Movement, Groups, Clumsiness, Stealth, Violence, Sounds and ends with Instructions on Writing Style.

My critical comment would be that this book needs an Index or a Table of contents so that a writer can make an instant referral when looking up a specific topic that he wishes to enlarge upon. The way it is now one must dig through the book until he happens upon the topic that might apply.

The Exercises are well meaning but then why did I buy a Thesaurus? Duh- because I wanted a large sampling of words that are different but mean the same or almost the same thing and my brain was already tied up on my fiction project and didn't need to be over exercised trying to figure out more words that I had just paid Sam Stone to provide for me. No offense Sam..You done good but I don't need the exercise.

Okay..I like the shortness of the book but It needs an Index or TOC for reference puposes .Nix on the exercises, and both Ultimates should be in one book. Other than that the book would have been a 5 Star . I gave it a 4.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too small. March 7 2013
By Erren Grey Wolf - Published on
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Same problem as The Ultimate Fiction Thesauras II: I wish all categories were in one dictionary format for easier searching and I wish there were more of it. Just not enough there.
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