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Telling Details, 2nd Edition

Telling Details, 2nd Edition [Kindle Edition]

Kat Duncan

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Telling Details explains the use and misuse of factual information in fiction, particularly in romance fiction. The updated second edition contains several new articles on how to effectively use details in fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 480 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kat Duncan; 2 edition (2 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HW6N8A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #530,950 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good content but too short 9 Nov 2011
By Lisa Love - Published on
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Based on the title, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. But it was free so I gave it a shot.

The focus of the book is on incorporating the right type of details into your descriptions. It's short at 7500 words but to the point. The examples are easy to understand, though some examples from familiar novels would've driven home the point better. Especially because two examples of things to avoid (too much detail and unexplained/mystery words) feature prominently in some genres -- most notably some types of mystery and most science fiction. But overall, this is a good resource for an author struggling through the revising process. Nailing good descriptions is a careful balancing act, and any book that can put you on the right track isn't worth passing up.

I'd actually give this 3.5 stars. If it could be fleshed out a bit more, I'd give it a solid 4.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What She Said! 3 Aug 2011
By Holly Ingraham - Published on
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This is a concept I teach, and I'm glad to find someone seconding it. The point is that one must give the reader anchoring details to make them settle into the character's skin, let them live the story, but you shouldn't drown them in excess. Developing this ear or sense for the most vivid detail or three to set a scene will go faster for you if you read this.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good little book 18 Aug 2011
By Jane Hinrichs - Published on
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Kat gives some really good examples of description in this little book. It was well worth my time to read it. Thank you Kat. I especially liked the description that used the senses other than sight.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Addresses the Essentials 30 Jan 2012
By H. Tebo - Published on
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As a writer, detail is definitely not my major issue to address. That goes to revision or dialogue. However, I am always looking for ways to refine my technique and improve my wordcraft.

I picked up this book for free, and clocking in around 7,500 words, "Telling Detail" is a quick, informative read that offers good, solid advice to writers at all skill levels and genres. The touchstone of how to describe is illustrated through neat, direct examples that embrace other important elements of when, where, and what. The examples lay out ways to avoid problems and how to tackle the sticky matter of writing a description well. I found most of the information familiar but important to reiterate. This is a good introduction to balancing detail and where to inject life into your novel.

The author does a fine job of raising yellow flags that specific genres ought to be aware of, because nothing makes readers happier than seeing the Xiracai clutching his qi'velt as he faced a black shirrel, and hearing him snap, "Vrect! Did the Melporsin send you by cmin?"

I feel some of the premises could use expansion, and the addition of a few exercises wouldn't go astray. As another reviewer noted, examples taken from popular novels and deconstructed would be very helpful.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 11 July 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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This short book has already helped me greatly in my writing.

As the author succintly points out, details help you: Develop your characters; Paint a better picture of the settings; Show (rather than tell) emotions; Adjust the pace of your story; and most importantly, Help to get your readers invested in the story.

She goes far beyond the superficial "five senses" of details to give writers effective tools.

I found her examples, and her examination of them, to be very useful in fully understanding her points.

In particular, I commend the section on when, how and why to 'tell', 'show' or use a 'blended' approach.

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Good details reveal something about the character or the situation of the scene. &quote;
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TOO MUCH DETAIL bogs the reader down, forcing her to mentally process each item to build a picture of the scene. &quote;
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The DEAD-END DETAIL is one that leads your reader completely off track and opens up some expectation that never gets fulfilled. &quote;
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