Sunday, December 03, 2006

Lara Santiago Posts a Blog

In this, my first blog post for Erotic Romance, I want to say something meaningful.
Why? Because I don't want to sound like a doofas.
I'm a shy lurker at heart and one of those people who figures it's better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt. (Can't remember who said that)

I've tried to think of something to say for almost a week now.
Today...I'm plunging in.

I'd like to showcase a book that has been a wonderful help to me as a writer.
It's called: (drum roll please)

The Flip Dictionary.

This is a fabulous resource for looking up words as you write or when you go back to edit.
I'm a panster. This means I write by the seat of my pants without a detailed outline.
I use the Flip Dictionary A LOT when I go back to and edit my work after completing the first draft.

I got my copy from Amazon, but I'm sure it's in bookstores everywhere. :)

For you writers out you have one? Do you love it?


Amanda Young said...

I've never heard of the flip dictionary but I have something similar that I use almost religiously. It's an online reverse dictionary. You type in the description and it gives you a list of words to choose from. On my brain dead days, it's a real god send. :)

Anonymous said...

When I needed a new dictionary, I thought about getting that one but I went with the Merriam-Webster one instead.

Maybe one day I'll get that one too.

Kis Lee said...

thanks for the tip, lara! welcome to the blog. :)

veinglory said...

I'm curious, hoe does 'flip' differ from a standard dictionary?

Lara Santiago said...

To Emily ~ A standard dictionary has definitions after each word and a few synonyms. The Flip Dictionary has only a list of synonyms after each word.
I use it for editing and also as I'm writing new work for when I want to say something, but can't quite come up with the right word to express what I want to say. :):)
For example if I wrote:

He was a master in the computer world.

But 'master' wasn't quite the right word I wanted to say...I look up master in the flip dictionary and I'd have the following to choose from.
Chief, boss, captain, commander, guru, teacher wizard. (there are more, but I'm too lazy to type them all) :)

I might change my sentence to:

He was a wizard in the computer world.
He was a guru in the computer world.

The words wizard and guru convey slightly different meanings of the same word. :)
Does that help?

veinglory said...

Thanks for the explanation It does sound rather like a new name for a thesarus, though :)