Monday, January 28, 2013

Goals Met, Goals Achieved

When a writer strives to pacify the savage, creative beast within, their journey results in unexpected achievements.

The Bookshelf Muse blog, starring Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, is a writers’ paradise. They give the ultimate tool: how to ‘show’ not ‘tell’.

Example. Consider a sunrise. Light on the horizon. Sun pops up, right? What about the sensory description, the smells as the sun warms the ground. The sounds, birds coming to life and traffic increasing, tires on pavement, engines rumbling.

Emotions. Irritation. Tight jawline, an increase in the respiration. Silent, withdrawing from the conversation.

Physical attributes. Eyes. (This is the one I have trouble with, how to express emotion through the eyes.) Widen, crinkle, narrow, brighten. Roll, shift, blink, take in.

Fighting the urge to ‘tell’ the reader what you want them to know is so darn hard. Like resisting a premium chocolate bar. Ah, bad example since I never, ever resist chocolate.

But I digress. The Bookshelf Muse is one of the sites essential to a writer. Their reference book, The Emotion Thesaurus, has sold 20 K copies and never leaves my workstation. They are celebrating their two millionth hit with a giveaway

Enter and put their website at the top of your quick-link browser.

Accolades to David Powers King. He signed with Cedar Fort Publishing for his YA fantasy, Woven. Release date is in November. Big round of cheers for him!


  1. Their book is great and so is the giveaway! And caught David's news Saturday morning - very awesome!

  2. I have that book, too, and it is sitting within easy reach. Congrats to Becca and Angela and I am going over to David's right this second to congratulate him in person - so to speak :)

  3. What a fabulous shout out--thank you so much! And a big congrats to David--this is the first I heard about his good news. He must be ecstatic!

    Have a great week, and thanks again! <3


  4. I love the gals at Bookshelf Muse. I've already sent David my congrats, but he deserves more, so congrats again!

  5. Two millionth hit! Great achievement. Books like this one are nice to have around.

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

  6. Argh, I still have this on my wish list, but haven't gotten it yet. Need to!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse


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