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The Rural Setting Thesaurus is a handy tool when trying to construct settings and communities in your books. As an author, we sometimes don't quite remember to put everything in there, but following this book, using it as a companion tool to the other books, is super handy.
Of all my favourite thesaurus books from this collection, The Rural Setting Guide (and its sister book, The Urban Settings Guide) are my two favourite. They helped me breathe life into my historical fiction adventure, and bring it to life with exquisite sounds, tastes, smells and sounds - but best of all, textures!
I love craft books and the thesaurus collections by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are no exception. This time I’m reviewing: The Rural Settings Thesaurus. If you need help with your setting, this is the book!! I’ve come to think that settings are as important as your characters. In this book, you get the lowdown on seven different ways to enhance your setting. For instance, weather can establish a mood and you’re given the following example:
The tumbled walls of the ancient ruins stretched upwards, basking in the sun’s glow. Indeed, they were warm to the touch, their stone surfaces worn and smooth from centuries of wind and rain. Overgrown grass hugged the stones’ knees while snapdragons and cornflowers nodded in the gentle breeze.
The book is set up simply. Pick any rural setting (for urban settings, there’s a thesaurus on those too!!) such as: Block Party. You’re given suggestions based on sights, sounds, tastes, smells, textures and sensations, possible conflicts that could happen here, people that can be found here, related settings that might tie in, setting notes and tips, and examples of how this setting can work in your story.
So, if I wanted to have a story set during a house fire, I could pick from sights: smoke drifting at the ceiling level and sliding under the doors, and from tastes ( a hard one to come up with sometimes): thick phlegm, and from notes and tips: that smoke inhalations makes memory recall and problem solving more difficult. Or one set in nursery, I could pick from sounds: the baby sucking on thumb or slurping at fingers, and from smells, disinfectant, and discover the type of people found here are babysitters for one.
The rural settings go from everything in an attic to county fairs to a bonus material: ancient ruins. There’s SO much that could be of use to a writer here. I know when I’m researching places, it’s sometimes difficult to find information on each of these choices. This book solves that problem. I hope it will do the same for you.
As a writer living in the UK, this book is good for ideas, but obviously it's an American book and so if you're outside the US you will need to adapt it a little to suit British rural settings. But, it is a useful tool for the writer just to get you thinking.
Very easy,very slender in content. Some of the ideas exposed are not even ideas, they are so obvious. I daresay my high school students could think of more unusual ones if asked. Then, as one reviewer remarks, it is a book meant for the US. Persons in the UK, the Continent, or elsewhere have to adapt the text to suit their contexts. I don't think the authors would have had much trouble in widening the text's horizons somewhat.This is the age of instant communication and fast travel after all. So many nowadays have friends, family, contacts all over the world and have experience of different lifestyles, languages and cultures from all sorts of places. I must admit I was expecting a much more in depth sort of book and this text does not come up to my expectations.I don't think I shall waste time and money in buying others from the series.
I purchased this book as I am currently studying a Creative Writing Degree. It has been a wonderful tool for my writing and have purchased all the other books in the series. Would recommend to anyone who is thinking of writing, whether its a short story or a novel. These books are brilliant