Activate: a thesaurus of actions & tactics for dynamic genre fiction

Activate: a thesaurus of actions & tactics for dynamic genre fiction

by Damon Suede

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Overview

Fiction is action. Activate is an author's thesaurus of dramatic possibilities that will galvanize your characterization and dramatization. Verbalizing any narrative requires specific juicy language with the vibrancy readers crave. This handy writing reference focuses on language's powerhouse: verbs, featuring 5,300 potent options sorted into three useful contexts.


  • ALPHABETICAL: an A-Z catalog of actions and tactics, including antonyms for each to supercharge character chemistry.

  • CATEGORICAL: verbal options especially suited for the twelve most popular book types and their tropes.

  • DIRECTIONAL: sections sorting verbs by vibe to help you shape the emotional flow of a story for maximum mojo.


…and for anyone new to verbalizing a story, a quick intro and overview to kickstart your process.

No other genre resource of this kind exists. Unlike other thesauri, Activate gets down to the brass-tacks of telling a tale: actions that matter and tactics that fascinate.

Plug into the source! Whether you're only planning a project or deep in revisions, this Live Wire Writer Guide comes loaded with vibrant, interactive language to amp your voice, blast your blocks, and energize your genre fiction at every stage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945043055
Publisher: Evil MasterMind, LLC
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Series: live wire writer guides
Pages: 792
Sales rank: 400,929
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.57(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Verbalization xiv

Usage xxiii

Planning? xxvii

Exploring? xxviii

Drafting? xxx

Revising? xxxi

Part I: General 1

A 11

Acc- 15

Ack- 19

Ado- 23

Ala- 27

Anc- 32

App- 35

Ass- 38

Att- 43

B 48

Bar- 52

Bef- 56

Bes- 60

Bla- 64

Blu- 68

Bou- 71

Bro- 75

Bul- 79

But- 83

C 86

Car- 90

Cha- 94

Che- 98

Cir- 102

Cli- 106

Coa- 110

Colo- 113

Comp- 116

Conc- 120

Conf- 123

Cons- 127

Cont- 130

Coo- 134

Cou- 138

Cre- 141

Cul- 145

D 149

Deb- 153

Deco- 157

Defr- 161

Dem- 165

Dep- 168

Des- 172

Dev- 176

Dil- 180

Discl- 185

Disd- 189

Diso- 194

Disq- 198

Dist- 201

Div- 205

Don- 209

Dri- 213

E 216

Eli- 220

Emp- 224

End- 228

Enl- 233

Ent- 236

Ere- 240

Evi- 244

Exe- 248

Exp- 251

Ext- 255

F 258

Fat- 262

Fid- 266

Fix- 270

Fle- 274

Fol- 278

Fos- 282

Fru- 286

G 289

Giv- 292

Gov- 296

Gro- 300

H 305

Har- 309

Hea- 312

Hig- 316

Hon- 321

Hur- 324

I 328

Imp- 331

Ina- 336

Ind- 339

Inh- 344

Int- 349

Inv- 353

J 358

Jud- 361

K 365

L 370

Lec- 375

Lig- 379

Los- 383

M 386

Map- 391

Mat- 395

Mil- 400

Mit- 405

Mon- 408

Mud- 411

N 415

Neu- 419

O 423

Omi- 427

Org- 430

Ove- 433

P 438

Pas- 441

Per- 445

Pet- 448

Pio- 452

Plu- 456

Pos- 460

Pri- 466

Prof- 470

Prop- 474

Prov- 477

Pun- 481

Q 484

R 488

Rav- 492

Reb- 496

Red- 500

Reg- 504

Rem- 509

Repr- 513

Ret- 518

Rew- 522

Roo- 526

S 531

Sca- 535

Scr- 540

Sec- 544

Sen- 547

Sha- 551

Sho- 555

Sic- 559

Sla- 563

Smi- 567

Soo- 571

Spi- 575

Squ- 579

Stam- 583

Sti- 586

Sto- 590

Stre- 593

Stu- 597

Suc- 602

Sur- 605

Swe- 609

T 613

Tas- 617

Tes- 621

Toa- 625

Tran- 630

Tre- 634

Tur- 637

U 639

Uns- 644

V 649

Vic- 652

W 656

Wea- 660

Whi- 664

Wit- 666

Wra- 671

Y 674

Z 675

Part II: Genres 677


  • Action-Adventure 682
  • Fantasy 685
  • Historical 688
  • Horror 691
  • Humor 695
  • Military 698
  • Mystery & Suspense 701
  • Paranormal & Urban Fantasy 705
  • Romance 709
  • Science Fiction 714
  • Thriller 717
  • Western 721


Part III: Directions 725



  • Push (→) 730
  • Pull (←) 733
  • Join (+) 736
  • Split (/) 740


BONUS EXERCISE: Reverberations 745

About the Author 749

Notes 751

Bibliography 753

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