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The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Personal and Natural Places

(Writers Helping Writers Series #4)

4.63  ·  Rating details ·  418 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Within the pages of a book exists a world drawn from a writer’s deepest imaginings, one that has the ability to pull readers in on a visceral level—but only if the realm and its inhabitants can be described well. This can be achieved by providing readers with a unique sensory experience via the setting. So much more than stage dressing, the setting can build mood, convey m ...more
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Published June 15th 2016 by JADD Publishing
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A fun (or a not-so-fun) view into dysfunctional families:
It’s true that conflict is likely to occur when people get together, and the chances for conflict greatly increase when emotions run high. Given this, it should come as no surprise that some of the most fertile breeding grounds for conflict are settings involving family. (c)

Lots of great settings to use in writing:
Mood can be defined as the emotional atmosphere that a piece of writing creates—the feelings it evokes in the reader. It’s
K.M. Weiland
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The one thing I always appreciate Ackerman and Puglisi's Thesauri series is how comprehensive they are. They never stop at just the obvious, and they always over-deliver. Their Setting Thesauri are no different, offering not just the obvious notes of the various settings they've covered, but going into easy-to-miss details like smells and tastes. They even offer to jumpstart the brainstorming with categories on "potential sources of conflict." This Rural Setting Thesaurus, in particular, is wond ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi's The Rural Setting Thesaurus (JADD Publishing 2016) to buttress my knowledge of the rural settings that make up so much of my current WIP--actually, the entire ecosystem that is the background for my trilogies in Man vs. Nature. Ackerman and Puglisi didn't disappoint. The authors cover settings at home, at school, in inhabited rural areas, and the very rural (the arctic tundra, the badlands, and more). For each of the dozens of locations, the authors c ...more
Sacha Black
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Both the settings thesauri are fantastic. Much like the first in the series (the emotion thesaurus) it is supremely useful. I particularly like the fact each setting has accompanying suggestions on the right senses. This book is extremely generous in its quantity of different settings. If you're a new writer, this book is perfect for you to bring depth to your witting by ensuring you capture your setting adequately. ...more
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I got most of the books in the series and they've been very helpful, since they're straight to the point and serve their purpose as a reference at 100%. ...more
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Book Talk…6/24/16
Traci Kenworth

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
Cathy Brockman
The Rural Setting Thesaurus is a great tool for all writers. no matter what genre you write the settings are as important as the characters and plot. I didn't realize just how much until I read this book. I learned so much and will be using this book in the future for all my writing. There are so many examples and tips before you get to the actual Thesaurus part broken down into many settings. The table of contents is linked so you can click it and go right to the pages you need. It is so easy t ...more
Kristal McKerrington
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was so happy when I finished reading this master piece for its what I have been searching for. It has everything I need to set up a scene and to do what I need when the words are sounding the same.

L.R. Braden
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing-craft
Ackerman and Puglisi have published an entire series of books designed to help authors create unique details. Some focus on character building, others on world building. The Urban and Rural Setting Thesauruses focus on the latter.

The main part of these books is the actual thesaurus, which lists places an author is likely to write about. Under each listing, they have included descriptive details you are likely to find in each location arranged by sense: sights, sounds, smells, tastes, textures an
Willow Woodford
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Rural Setting Thesaurus opens with some great suggestions on how to use setting to make your story come alive and then an entries for various settings and what they might be like. They include the sounds, smells, tastes, sensations and possible sources of conflict that might come from that setting amongst other suggestions. Again, an invaluable resource.

I have the whole set on my kindle which I can carry with me for easy reference. On the Kindle version the table of contents is linked and y
M.A. Nichols
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I love this series of books. They're great desk references for authors wanting inspiration for their writing. It helps spur new ideas and helps your writing from becoming stagnant and repetitive (just like having a regular thesaurus does for your word choice). I would highly recommend these books for anyone looking to improve their craft.

I will say that I do struggle with this particular one in the series because I don't like how the information is formatted. It's not as easy to scan through for
Alexander Shay
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Decent as a standalone but definitely better if you have the Urban volume alongside. I almost didn't take this book out because I almost never write anything out in the country, but that isn't the only setting included in this volume. On top of that, Home and School subsections are included, and the home one in particular could be helpful for me. The locations include common senses--all five--that can be experienced there, people who frequent those locations, and possible conflicts that occur. A ...more
Holly Davis
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must-have for any writer or author! Ackerman and Publisi not only provide a comprehensive list of rural setting descriptions, but they start the thesaurus out with great examples and advice on how to get the most out of your setting descriptions with the use of similes, metaphors, personification, hyperboles, and more. Truly grateful for these books.
Samantha Stroiazzo
This Thesaurus was lacking compared to many of the others in the series. You could feel a specific bias behind some of the entries. Sure, it's not meant to be in-depth but I think they could have done better with more experience along socio-economic paths. Maybe take in more peer reviews and take from different genres to fill in more of a vision. ...more
Megan Thomas
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another 10/10 guide to add to my toolkit as I dip my toe into the pond of authorship! I thought I had already done a fantastic job describing each setting in my story. I learned I still had more work to do, and improvements to make!

I cannot recommend this guide enough. Please pick this up if you are open to receiving helpful hints in crafting your world through writing!
Josh K
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just got it. Looks good! I ordered several of the other books in this series. By including sections on the senses: sights, sounds, smells, it gives me a lot more material to use in writing descriptive prose.
Jan Schwietert
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful

I like this book. Not only excellent suggestions for specific descriptions, but good tips on using the senses in descriptions and good explanations about what makes a description good.

Jane Nash
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a brilliant resource for authors who are stumbling with writer's block - all of this series are a great brainstorming exercise done for you - now it's time for you to make the magic on the page with all these juicy tidbits. ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
They've thought of everything when putting this book together. This is now one of my standard resource books. ...more
Adrienne Bross
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great descriptive resource for writers. I have found it very useful in my own writing.
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Less settings than the Urban Thesaurus, but still a great resource.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing-books
A great tool for every writer. Even if you don't actively need to fill in a setting, I find thumbing through it gives me inspiration for being more intentional with setting my stories. ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read, and then re-read, series. A vital reference for writers.
Roger Alderman
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book always remains close by as I work on my own fiction titles.
Heather Wenonah
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Helped me explore new ways of experiencing a scene and writing out.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A pretty good book, that has helped me with my book writing.
Leanne Beadle
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book for describing rural settings.
Krishna Mehta
Jan 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish it was more inclusive and beyond USA.
Not helpful for stories which aren't in USA at all. I was hoping for more variation with landscapes, timelines, vegetation.
Jennifer Price
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love every one of the books in this series they are all very useful
M.T. Bostick
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Excellent assistance with description when you're at a loss as to how something should look. Highly recommend for writers. ...more
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ANGELA ACKERMAN is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of 8 bestselling books for writers, including The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression (now an expanded 2nd Edition). Her books are available in eight languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world.

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“But the truth is that every setting can hold value. Every location can add something to the scene. Characterization can be made with the observation of one object. Mood can be set with the condition of the wallpaper in a house or the way a room smells. Foreshadowing can be achieved just as easily.” 1 likes
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