Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Book Review: "Master Lists for Writers" (Bryn Donovan)

Many writers are list makers.

We like things neat and orderly and organized whenever possible. We start researching a concept or story idea weeks before we set pen to paper to write about it. We'll draft outline after outline, or start with an elevator pitch and a main character sketch and work from there.

You know who you are.

But maybe you're not really a list maker. You run to the grocery once or twice a week to snag items you've discovered you really do need. You research whatever catches your eye, start writing with no particular direction in mind, and let the characters and plot take you wherever they may.

Nothing wrong with that either.



Those two (really, really broad ... granted) categories of writers may seem whole continents or planets apart when it comes to styles and genres and formats ... and yet.

Sometimes it's really nice, for either type of writer, for any kind of writer, to have a place to turn for a quick spurt of inspiration, an infusion of imagination. Whether you plot your novels meticulously beforehand or blow with the prevailing wind, sometimes it's nice to be able to open a comprehensive reference book, run your finger down the page, and land on a name to give your main character's best friend, without a lot of fuss and panic about it.

Let me, with great pleasure, introduce you to just such a book: Master Lists for Writers: Thesauruses, Plots, Character Traits, Names, and More, by Bryn Donovan.

Being an author herself, Donovan no doubt knows the value of the kind of resource she's offering writers. Here's just a sneak peek at what you'll find in her work.

Need a quick character name, male or female? Look here.

Want to try your hand at a romance trope? You'll find it.

Your character needs an identifiable quirk? There are dozens of options.

Why do surnames have to be so hard to come up with? They don't, with this book.

Part thesaurus for emotions and character traits, part baby names book, part plot tool, all reference work, Master Lists for Writers is the kind of book I want on my writing shelf ... preferably, between you and me, in a hard copy, and really, I'd like one copy for each new project I begin, just so I can go through during the process and highlight ideas, names, and other things that spark my imagination.

I can't encourage you highly enough to get your hands on a copy (to start) of Donovan's work. Her intensive research will amaze you; her friendly style welcome you; and all the resources she provides will win you over immediately.

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Author: Bryn Donovan
Title: Master Lists for Writers: Thesauruses, Plots, Character Traits, Names, and More
ASIN: B016U2K20O
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1GytGgb

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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