Sunday Book Review – The Writer’s Lexicon by Kathy Steinemann

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Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

Today’s Sunday Book Review is on Kathy Steinemann’s helpful guide for writers – The Writer’s Lexicon. I highly recommend this book for all writers to keep handy on their desks right along side your dictionaries and thesauruses.




You just read your manuscript and discovered that your characters nod like marionettes in every chapter. When they’re not nodding, they roll their eyes.

Time to slash the Pinocchio strings and turn them into real people. Award-winning author Kathy Steinemann provides the tools. She cuts through the so-called rules and offers simple solutions.

Too many repetitions of “little”? There’s a cure for that. Do you rely on “very” too often? There’s a cure for that too. You’ll find the remedies in this book’s dispensary.

Should you ever use anything other than “said” to attribute dialogue? Are exclamation points taboo? The answers might surprise you.

Learn how to harness body language, purge hackneyed adjectives, and draw on the environment for ambience. No more wooden characters. You’ll transform them into believable personalities that your readers will learn to love. Or hate.

Get in the driver’s seat, relax, and enjoy your journey–with Kathy Steinemann’s book as your GPS.


My  5 Star Review:

Steinemann is a prolific writer and editor, and this book is a gift for all writers to keep handy at their desks to use when writing stories. Her grammar, punctuation, word alternatives, and sentence structure demonstrations shared in this book are a goldmine of tips for writers to aid in enhancing writing.

The author gives us a plethora of examples to simplify her lessons along with a nice selection of word prompts to use with her examples. This book goes beyond the typical thesaurus. Better words, better word choices and better writing is what you can expect after reading and putting Steinemann’s lessons into practice. #Recommended.

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  1. Great reference as you say Debby… thanks for the review.. xxx

    1. Thanks bunches Sal, definitely a great writing aid. 🙂 <3

      1. I always trust your judgement Debby.. hugs xx

        1. Thank you so much for your vote of confidence Sally <3 xoxo

  2. This sounds like something I have always wanted to have, a Godsend!

    1. Perfect word to describe this book. 🙂

  3. That sounds like just what I need. I’m off to make a purchase!

    1. A worthwhile purchase indeed Jacqui 🙂

  4. Ooh, I think I need this book.

    1. I have 2 of Kathy’s books, only wish I got them in paperback for easier referencing. 🙂

  5. Hi Debby – it does sound like a really interesting book to use as a reference … I’ll note – perhaps when I get back home … but worth noting that’s for sure – cheers Hilary

    1. Hi Hilary. Hope you find it useful. 🙂

  6. Thanks, D.G.

    Have a great Sunday!

    1. My pleasure Kathy. Great book! 🙂

  7. A great book to add to my collection. Thanks so much for sharing, Deb ❤️

    1. Most welcome T <3

  8. My characters better NOT nod like marionettes, but once or twice they do roll their eyes at others’ naivete. Hope that’s okay . . .

    Thanks for this helpful guide. I need all the help I can get!

    1. Glad you found it useful Marian. I know we could all use some help at some point, so I was happy to share this most insightful book. 🙂

  9. I spend a lot of time on word choice, Debby. This sounds right up my alley. I allow myself only one eye roll per book (ha ha) but everyone still nods now and then. Lots of smiling and frowning too. Ugh. Lol. I need this book. Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. I’m so glad you found this helpful. You already know that I think you’re an impeccable writer, and so do your fans, but yes, there is always room for improvement for all of us. 🙂 x

      1. I really do try to apply what I learn, but there is always more to learn!

        1. What would life be if there was nothing else to learn? 🙂

          1. Oh my. Boring! Right?
            I hope you have a great week and learn something new every day!

          2. Thanks Diana, wishing you the same! 🙂 xx

  10. I love her books and now own a couple of them. <3 Great review, Sis. <3

    1. Thanks Sis. Why am I not surprised? 🙂 😉 <3

        1. 🙂 🙂 <3

  11. Thanks, Debby, for the info. I just picked up a copy to put next to my laptop along with my thesaurus. Hugs xx

    1. Oh great Janice. Glad my review inspired you. I know you’ll find it so handy. 🙂 <3

  12. What a compelling review, Debby. Sounds like a must-have. Thanks for the review.

    1. Thanks Norah. I hope my review inspired a few writers to pick up Kathy’s book. 🙂

      1. I’m sure it has.

  13. This sounds perfect for all writers – not a heavy tome that will not be used, but still in-depth enough to be very helpful! Off to check it out and many thanks for your review! Always on the look out for something new on the writing front!

    1. Fantastic Annika, glad I could add something of value to your writing arsenal. 🙂 xx

  14. I’m thinking this would be a keeper for fiction and non-fiction writing. Thanks for the recommendation, Debby!

    1. You would be correct Christy. A real great writers aid. 🙂 xx

  15. Thank you for this review, Debby. it is great to know about this book.

    1. Glad you found it helpful Robbie 🙂

  16. Terrific reference and book review, Debby.

    1. Thanks Jennie. 🙂

      1. You’re welcome. 🙂

  17. I love the opening paragraph of the blurb. Setting an example straight away with good writing. This book sounds like a must-have, Debby. Thanks for the review!

    1. Definitely a great book to have as a writing companion Liesbet, 🙂

    1. Thanks for sharing my book review Sal. <3 xx

  18. Bonnie A. McKeegan, LCSW

    Thanks for the review Debby. Looks like I’ll be adding this one since I need all the help I can get.

    1. Welcome Bonnie. I know you won’t be sorry. 🙂

  19. Thanks for the recommendation, Debby. 🙂

    1. PLease Olga. 🙂 x

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