Description and Setting: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Believable World of People, Places and Events (Write Great Fiction) Paperback – 24 Jun 2005
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Ron Rozelle is the author of three books and teaches creative writing at workshops and universities.
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The organisation of the book into a sequence of categories and sub-categories is straightforward and thorough, but what makes it worth reading is the capable use of quotations. For every point he makes, the author provides genuine examples from published fiction.
Rozelle's approach is equally informative for aspiring writers, and for readers. By looking at how texts have been assembled phrase by phrase, he heightens your sense of the craft that has gone into those works. The suggestions about punctuation and paragraphs are worth thinking over, and his remarks on cadence are worth their weight in gold. There were no surprises for me when Rozelle scrutinised sentences by Virginia Woolf and Flannery O'Connor, but his observations on John Grishim's and Stephen King's prose caught my attention.
This is not another one of those books intended for people whose ambition is to produce commercial mush. Rozelle recognises the differences between popular fiction and literary fiction, and he repeatedly discusses how to approach the process of description for each form. He stresses the need to develop worthy writing across the board, at times showing how a popular novelist handles describing a character, scene or mood, and a more literary figure tackles a similar problem, but in each case improving the quality of the final text.
This is a very useful book that certainly deserves a place on the shelf alongside Monica Wood's Description (Elements of Fiction Writing).
This title teaches you some of the essentials of writing; showing vs telling and how to describe through narration and dialogue. If you are new to writing and you want a book full of a diverse range of examples and some simple tips to get you on the way, you can't go wrong here.
Obviously, if you want to really master the skills that this serves as a foundation for, you are going to have to move up to the next level after reading this and find information more specific to your chosen genre.
But, as a starting place, a good choice.
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Get it. read it. Absorb it. Use it. Worth a read as it made me think - the more I hone my skills the better I get! simple but effective.Published on 15 Nov. 2013 by Dubh