Be tangled in the words.
Weave yourself ability.
Knit a world.
Crochet characters uncurled
Stitch together possibilities.
Wind yourself in words.
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
How profound is this? And what a truth! Some of the most powerful literature is written for kids. It challenges thinking and shines a light on what the world is like, encouraging them to question the status quo and make changes to improve society.
A fantastic resource for poets and book artists to make beautiful chapbooks.
I have a writer-artist friend on Pender Island who posted this book that she got for Christmas. I was so impressed that I bought a copy of my own! With great thanks to Andrea Spalding, I’m delighted to share this book with you.
Hedi Kyle & Ulla Warchol have compiled a variety of techniques in Art of the Fold. This is a GORGEOUS book! It will teach you how to make amazing folded art books that you can use with beautiful papers to create stunning, one of a kind, art books for your poetry and other special words. Here’s a video of me showing some of the little practice books I made, while learning the techniques, with a peak at the book itself.
The beauty of this book is how Kyle and Warchol give you the bones of the books, but the scope of how you can apply the examples to make your own project is unlimited. I am SO excited to buy special paper and make some lovely art books to give to special people in my world. What a great resource for learning techniques of book folding. I am so excited to use these with my English students!
You can buy Art of the Fold on Amazon, and you really should!
(I’m an Amazon Affiliate, so buying from the link gives me a penny or two for the recommendation).
(My dog decided to wrestle his bed all over the living room while I was recording the video , excuse his enthusiastic growls and brief appearances in the background! lol He finally abandoned it against a chair. Silly boy.)
A couple of weeks ago, I did a book review for The Emotion Thesaurus 2nd edition. Today is official release day, and the authors have an amazing contest going!
I love their product and I love writing conferences, so I fully endorse The Emotion Thesaurus 2nd edition AND their contest. Here’s their info:
This second edition is more than a new cover. It’s been been enhanced and expanded to include 55 new entries and double the teaching material. Now we can go even deeper when showing our characters’ emotions!
Also, one more thing to share…a MEGA-OPPORTUNITY to win something amazing!
To celebrate the new book & its dedicated readers, Angela and Becca have an unbelievable giveaway on right now: one person will win a free writing retreat, conference, workshop, or professional membership to a writing organization, winner’s choice (up to $500 US, with some other conditions which are listed on the WHW site).
What conference would you attend if the fee was already paid for…or would you choose a retreat? Something else? Decisions, decisions! This giveaway ends on February 26th, so hurry over and enter!
Millions of people want to write books. A few of them will actually start writing. A few of those will finish writing. If you’re stranded between starting and finishing, sadly aware that you’re missing something, then Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi could be your salvation.
Ackerman and Puglisi have created a series of thesauri that help writers develop powerful, engaging characters and settings. These non-traditional tools can help a writer find new angles, depth, and vocabulary for what they want to convey. I have a few of them, both for my personal reference and for my creative writing classes. I was delighted with the opportunity to see their latest release, in exchange for a fair review.
The latest tool in the arsenal is a re-vamp of the first thesaurus. The Emotion Thesaurus 2nd edition has almost doubled the first edition. There are articles on how and why to use various emotions, as well as 55 more emotions to examine.
The articles are clear and easy to apply. I will be using “Emotion and Dialogue” with my creative writing students.
Each emotion entry provides
Now, sure, you would probably be able to figure out a lot of these areas if you contemplated long and hard, but more likely you’d settle for the first few things that occured to you, and miss a variety of points that would add depth to your characterization. While you were thinking, you wouldn’t be writing more on the story.
When you find a sign of an emotion that you’d never considered, and it gives you new directions at the same time, you’ve struck gold. It leads to plot points you may not have considered. I will make good use of this book.
The Emotion Thesaurus 2nd edition is a valuable tool to help writers save time, develop depth, and learn more about their characters. Highly recommended for your writers’ toolbox!
Visit their website to explore the entry for schadenfreude as an example of what you can expect.
You can buy The Emotion Thesaurus 2nd ed. at the usual sites. If you use the link at left, I earn a bit as an Amazon Affiliate.