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Spelunking

Survivalist's Guide to Spelunking is another book I've supported on Kickstarter that adds to my world building library.  I wanted more ready reference material for dungeon diving details for when I get around to those.  This is also a great RPG reference if you are doing any of those d20 type games  

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Mythic Britain & Ireland

I supporter this one on Kickstarter as I have an interest in the mythologies associated with Britain and Ireland. (Scotland too).  This is another RPG, of course.  I'm using as an inspiration for more Irish/British mythology monsters.  This is an interesting book with some cool artwork. worth checking out if you deep diving into different world building inspiration or gaming.

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Pirate Compaign Compendium

Pirate Campaign Compendium is another gaming resource but this time to the dangers of traveling on the high seas in a fantasy setting.  This is just another book in my vast collection that I can reference for those "at sea" stories in the queue.  The artwork is also nice.  Cheers to world building, and ahoy matey!

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Remarkable Cults and Their Followers

Another gaming book that I use as inspiration is Remarkable Cults and Their Followers by LoreSmyth's JVC Parry, Jeff Lee, and RP Davis. Every fantasy world needs a bad guy and every bad guy needs a cult.  This is a great inspiration for different ways you can put things together.  More fodder for world builders.

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Ultimate Kingdoms by Legendary Games

Another gaming-related book in my library that I also supported on Kickstarter when it was running.  This is a handy tool for world building and setting up underlying rules of how things work... even if you aren't talking about it. It makes your created work function in a consistent way.  This makes it believable in your writing bubble.  This helps immersion in the story world.  I find this worth it, but only for really big world builders.

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The Positive Trait Thesaurus

The Positive Trait Thesaurus: a Writer's Guide to Character Attributes by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi.  As you might guess, Positive Traits is the opposite of yesterday's Negative Traits.  Like yesterday's book, this should be in your library too.  Also with yesterday, this helps you fill out your character and make them more well-rounded.

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The Negative Traits Thesaurus

The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws by Angela Ackerman &  Becca Puglisi is another great book in the Thesaurus series.  As the subtitle tells you, this book focuses on character flaws.  Like the other books in the series, the book gives a lot of details around different flaws and common interactions and conflicts that result from those flaws.  This book is very helpful for adding depth to characters you are writing.  Another one to have in your library if you ar

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The Emotional Wound Thesaurus

The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: a Writer's Guide to Psychological Trauma by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi is another book in the Thesaurus series that helps writers round out their writing.  This one is focused on traumatizing your characters and giving you all the dirt on what that causes. This gives you plenty of drama related to the trauma, what results from it, how to overcome it and the traits and behaviors a character would have when they suffer from it. Strongly recommended for

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The Occupation Thesaurus

The Occupation Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Jobs, Vocations, and Careers by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi is another book in the Thesaurus series of writing support books that gives you details on various occupations. Common traits, common skills, common conflicts they are involved in.  A great resource for making a more well-rounded, less cliche characters. Definitely another one a writer should be keeping in their library.  

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The Practical Guide to Becoming a Great GM

This is one heck of a tome.  Guy Sclanders has a wonderful YouTube Channel that goes into a lot of topics beyond his books as well.  Aside from being a professional artist, game master and author, he's also on our team as a fellow gay creator.   There are some really nice techniques described in this book about giving the bad guy goals and motivations.  I think this can help us as writers as well, writing it down and when the muse causes us to deviate, the villain will have t

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Ultimate Guide to Alchemy, Crafting & Enchanting

Ultimate Guide to Alchemy, Crafting & Enchanting by Nord Games is one of the many Role Playing Game resources that I have in my library.  I love world building.  One of the keys to making a world functional for stories is to have the actions and reactions of the world follow rules.  They may not be rules you tell your readers about.  But if pulling the level makes the door open, then the doors should open when you pull the lever... or a surprise should occur. Books like this one, I

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The Urban Setting Thesaurus

The Urban Setting Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Publisi is another book in their excellent series of Thesaurus books.  This one, obviously, focuses on locations you'd find in an urban setting.  Like the Rural version we covered yesterday, this one may not be used as often as some of the other books in the series.  It is, however, an excellent resource to have in your library. Like the Rural book, this gives you ways to engage all the senses in different places.  They also include

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Rural Setting Thesaurus

The Rural Setting Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglist is another book writer's should have in their reference library.  This one, as the name suggests, covers common rural areas. This one is especially handy for people that mostly spend time in cities and need to describe a country location with more details than you'd get from looking at a picture of barn.  Like the other books in the series, this book gives you something for all the senses to add that little extra depth to yo

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The Emotion Thesaurus

I have been doing some deep diving on different aspects of writing for awhile now.  There are a number of books in the series from Angele Ackerman & Becca Puglisi. I have posted a couple so far, but here is "The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression".  I have the entire series and there is a ton of great content in here.  Unless you are a bit obsessed with deep diving, this is not a book you'll read from cover to cover. It is, however, a great reference book for engagin

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The Conflict Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Obstacles, Adversaries, and Inner Struggles (Vol 2)

Well, the last one was Vol 1, so Vol 2 should not be a surprise.  I've taken the picture myself of the book on my desk. The X Thesaurus series of books continues with Conflicts Volume 2.  This is a continuation of various conflicts you come across and all the ins and outs of that conflict.  Like volume 1, this book helps you make sure your conflicts are well-rounded and engage the senses and emotions. Like all the other books in this series, it adds to your writer's toolkit.  It's wor

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The Conflict Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Obstacles, Adversaries, and Inner Struggles (Vol 1)

The Conflict Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Obstacles, Adversaries, and Inner Struggles (Volume 1) (Writers Helping Writers Series) by Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman. I have been doing a fair bit of reading on various aspects of writing.  This entire series of books is worth a read and having on your shelf if you are trying to enhance your writing skills.  Each one of the books focuses on as aspect of writing. This one is on Conflicts.  The book gives a high level conflict type and then

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Resonance in Writing

"Drawing On the Power of Resonance In Writing" by David Farland is a quick read.  As I continue my tour through books on writing by other authors, I stumbled across this one.  It makes a pretty good point with several modern examples.  Such as how Fantasy novels tend to resonate on Lord of the Rings.  Pretty much all of Dungeon and Dragons and rooted there.  Avatar has echos of Dances with Wolves. Everything we do builds off the zeitgeist, so to speak.  This book is a nice look that gives y

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The Infographic Guide to Grammar

When I posted yesterday about Write Right!, I mentioned that we would be doing a new weekly blog feature focused on Grammar.  Another book I'll be using for reference in that endeavor is the Infographic Guide to Grammar.  If you are a visual person, this book is the one for you.  It's colorful and straightforward.  It's worth keeping around if you are the type to keep reference material on hand.

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Write Right - For Grammar Reference

It seems lately that I've been doing an endless round of blogs, emails, and posts.  When I haven't been doing that, I've been doing research.  As is my habit, I've gone way overboard on the amount of reference material and writing books I've been sinking into. (Including being a super backer on Kickstarter now, having supported my 80th Kickstarter. Almost all of them on something world building related) But that brings to one of the many writing books I've zipped through recently.  Write Ri

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Master Lists for Writers by Bryn Donovan

In my ongoing pursuit to bury myself in an avalanche of books, I picked up this gem.  This is like a jack-of-all-trades toolbox.  It has Character Traits, Character Names, plot ideas, action words, descriptive words, plot twist ideas, and a lot more.  It is exactly the sort of thing you'd reach for when you're stuck and you want an idea.  Or if you are horrible with names, picking a name from a list.  Or maybe you want to spice something up. Or you want a prompt.    I flagged a bunch of parts of

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Plot Gardening by Chris Fox

I am on a bit of a roll this past weekend. I managed to get through a couple of things in my backlog stack of many things.  I picked this up and it was a quick, easy read.  I'm old fashioned, surprisingly, as I still love the feel of paper and a bookshelf I can go do when the power's out, so I have this in paperback.  I also put a lot of Post-it Flags on various pages of interest.  This book talks about a topic and then shows how it is done in a handful of movies that you have probably seen

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Writing Books - Dazzling Dialog

I picked up this book recently in my never ending quest to improve my writing skill set.  It's a short book that is a very quick read.  I'd recommend it as it targets a weakness that a lot of stories have and it gives practical tips on how to spot the problems and how to fix them Definitely worth the read.  It's available on Kindle as well if you like to keep your library digital.

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Survival Handbooks and Writing

For those of you that haven't figured it out by now, I'm a compulsive researcher in far too many ways.  I end up all too often with far more research than writing what I was supposed to write.  Having said that I picked up these two books a number of years ago to give a story I was working on more accurate flavor.  It didn't get posted, but it is in the backlog of things that I'm sure I'll polish up, complete and post some day.  Anyway, I found both of these books interesting and informative.  T

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Writing Habits and Stuff

The start of a new year is a time of reflecting.  I've been doing a lot of reflecting lately.  I'm in the process of searching for a new employer so that I can move.  We're coming up on three years since dad passed away.  I've more than quadrupled my visits to mom since then.  Most of the summer and fall, it was every weekend.  It's not a horrible drive, but I'm tired of it.  Mom wants me to move back in with her and I'm good with that.  It would let me take care of the stuff she needs and let h

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