November 16th, 2020

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NaNo 2020: Writing Book Recommendations

Today I thought I'd share some books on writing/resources.
The first link is a series of Thesaurus type books...for emotions, urban settings, rural settings, etc. I've got all of them so far (I believe there's another one that just came out or is due out soon) They're very helpful when looking for more specialized synonyms without needing to slog through tons of other information.
I bought each of mine off ebay through thrift shops so got them pretty cheaply. They're worth the investment for serious writers IMO.

Writers helping writers series: https://www.amazon.com/Emotion-Thesaurus-Writers-Character-Expression/dp/0999296345/ref=sr_1_18?crid=2GAHXTMTPC84P&dchild=1&keywords=thesaurus&qid=1600950304&sprefix=thesau%2Caps%2C405&sr=8-18

https://theeditorsblog.net/2010/06/07/reference-books-for-writers/

This link has more generalized 'how to write' books covering a wide array of things. Might be worth checking out ;)
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Word of the Day 11/16/20 Elan

Élan (noun)
élan [ ey-lahn, ey-lan; French ey-lahn ]


noun
1. dash; impetuous ardor: to dance with great élan.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ÉLAN
éclat

WORDS RELATED TO ÉLAN
animation, ardor, dash, flair, impetus, life, oomph, panache, spirit, style, verve, vigor, vim, zest, zing, brio, esprit, impetuosity

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com

Origin: 1875–80; French, Middle French eslan a dash, rush, noun derivative of eslancer to dart, equivalent to es-ex- + lancer to lance

EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR ÉLAN
The romance of elan energized the volunteers who flocked to the colors in the early years of the struggle.
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA BECAME POPULAR AS THE DASHING ANTITHESIS OF THE WAR IN EUROPE|JACK SCHWARTZ|DECEMBER 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST

Now that we know about DNA, we no longer need an elan vital.
IS THE BRAIN NO DIFFERENT FROM A LIGHT SWITCH? THE UNCOMFORTABLE IDEAS OF THE PHILOSOPHER DANIEL DENNETT|JONATHAN WEINER|MAY 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST

As the indictment notes, Martoma was regarded by an SAC official as a “one-trick pony with Elan.”
THE INSIDER-TRADING CLOUD HANGING OVER SAC CAPITAL’S STEVEN A. COHEN|DANIEL GROSS|NOVEMBER 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST

A certain proportion of this would, of course, be allowed to escape, as it would never do to stop the river Elan altogether.
CHATTERBOX, 1906|VARIOUS

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.
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Daily count to Bizarra

I completely forgot it was my posting day today, but my calendar alarm went off thank goodness. Not been to sleep yet, so decided to knock out a chapter on one of my three WiPs. So that's just under 3000 words and two banners and I am going to try and get some sleep.

If I manage to write any more today, I'll update - I've been trying to write at least one chapter on each of the fics I'm working on per day.

Passing the torch to bizarra and wishing you many words/graphics/creativity!