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

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.