Feature Writer Karen Crowder – Why Every Blind Writer and Student Should Own a Writer’s Companion and the Scholastic Thesaurus

Sighted students and writers have always had easy access to resources for finding spelling, word choices, and definitions. Until recently, this process has been more difficult for blind students and writers.

In 2012, the National Braille Press published “A Writer’s Companion: A Book of Homophones.” In 2008, a Scholastic Pocket thesaurus became available to students and writers.

Consequently, these books now provide blind students and writers with easier access, and precise information about word usage, choices and spelling.

In July 2012, I purchased a writer’s companion. Subsequently, this one volume book has made the act of writing poetry stories and articles more enjoyable. Before I owned this handy book choosing adjectives, verbs or nouns to accurately describe the topic I was writing about was challenging.

A Writer’s Companion is much more than different spellings for words, which sound alike. This was the beginning of my word discovery journey as I read this book. I was captivated by the thoroughness and variety of sub topics covered in the book’s last 21 pages. I was amazed at how many word choices there are to describe “good,” “bad,” “big,” or “small.” The state of our environment, our weather and sound have countless descriptions. There are myriad adjectives to describe how people act, look and feel. I found the many descriptions of many colors enlightening.

Before all these word descriptions, there is a section on “transitional words.” They will help define your thoughts and help connect sentences and topics.

I wish this book was available during my high school and college years. It would have been helpful when I took creative writing classes and workshops. Now when I write this book is always near my computer to look at. In April, at the Bay State Council’s convention I bought the second copy of a writer’s companion, and a copy of the scholastic pocket thesaurus at the NBP exhibit. I find it useful when looking for word choices. Although I wish it were more thorough, it is extra information to use when I write.

School is three weeks away; I encourage every high school and college student to purchase these two books. They will help make your English compositions and term papers better. If you are pursuing creative writing, fiction or poetry, the right words will turn your writing from average to outstanding. These books are also good for writers, using the right words will enhance and improve your writing ability.

A Writer’s Companion is portable and can fit in any book bag or large backpack. In high school and college, these two books will be invaluable for courses which involve a lot of writing.

Both books are reasonably priced, a Writer’s Companion is $10 and when I looked an e-book copy of Scholastic pocket Thesaurus was $12. Although they did not specify that braille copies were available, ask they might still have them.

To order these books call the National Braille Press at 617-266-6160. You can also order them from their web site www.nbp.org.

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