Need help writing urban settings? We got your back!

I’m participating in the launch event for the Urban Settings Thesaurus this week! This is the newest addition to the Emotion/Setting/everything else thesauri by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi–and it’s fantastic.

I’ve been reading a review copy … well, you don’t exactly read a reference guide straight through. I’ve been referring to it heavily as I work the final drafts on Magic Weaver, and it is a goldmine. Never been in a police station, a tattoo parlor, and office cubicle, a military base, or a newsroom? But your characters have to go there? This book is crammed with all the sensory details and conflict ideas you could ask for.

So, without further ado, here’s the scoop!

It is a writer’s job to draw readers into the fictional story so completely that they forget the real world. Our goal is to render them powerless, so despite the late hour, mountain of laundry, or workday ahead, they cannot give up the journey unfolding within the paper-crisp pages before them.

Strong, compelling writing comes down to the right words, in the right order. Sounds easy, but as all writers know, it is anything BUT. So how do we create this storytelling magic? How can we weave description in such a way that the fictional landscape becomes authentic and real—a mirror of the reader’s world in all the ways that count most?

The Setting Thesaurus DuoWell, there’s some good news on that front. Two new books have released this week that may change the description game for writers. The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to City Spaces and The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Personal and Natural Spaces look at the sights, smells, tastes, textures, and sounds a character might experience within 225 different contemporary settings. And this is only the start of what these books offer writers.

In fact, swing by and check out this hidden entry from the Urban Setting Thesaurus: Police Car.

And there’s one more thing you might want to know more about….

Rock_The_Vault_WHW1Becca and Angela, authors of The Emotion Thesaurus, are celebrating their double release with a fun event going on from June 13-20th called ROCK THE VAULT. At the heart of Writers Helping Writers is a tremendous vault, and these two ladies have been hoarding prizes of epic writerly proportions.

A safe full of prizes, ripe for the taking…if the writing community can work together to unlock it, of course.

Ready to do your part? Stop by Writers Helping Writers to find out more!

3 thoughts on “Need help writing urban settings? We got your back!

  1. I am so happy to hear this is helpful, K.M.! You’re right, it isn’t a cover-to-cover book, but that’s what makes it a good brainstorming buddy I hope–you can get what you need and then slip right back into the flow of writing. 🙂

    Thanks so much for having me by today! 🙂 You’re the best!



    1. Thanks for dropping by! You’re building a fantastic reference library with these books, and all us authors are indebted to you both.


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