Elements of Fiction Writing - Description

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Writer's Digest Books, Jul 15, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 176 pages
24 Reviews

Description is most powerful when it's visible, aural, tactile. Make your descriptions fresh and they'll move your story forward, imbue your work with atmosphere, create that tang of feeling that editors cry for and readers crave.

Monica Wood helps you squeeze the greatest flavor from the language. She segments description like an orange, separating its slices to let you sample each one.

You'll learn about:

  • Detail, and how you can use description to awaken the reader's senses of touch, taste, hearing, smell and sight
  • Plot, from advancing story using only relevant description—and how to edit out sluggish, reader-stopping writing
  • Style, and the use of description to create a mood that matches your story's content
  • Point of view, how selecting omniscient, first person or third person limited narrative influences the descriptive freedom you have
  • Creating original word depictions of people, animals, places, weather and movement
Wood teaches by example, developing stories with characters in various situations, to show you how you can apply description techniques.

You'll also see samples of work by such noted writers as Mark Helprin, Anne Tyler and Raymond Carver. And you'll find the dos and don'ts, lists and descriptive alternatives to common verbs and nouns, and tips for editing your work.

  

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Good, solid, and well-written, full of useful advice. - Goodreads
One of the best books on the writing craft I've read. - Goodreads
It was helpful, with great tips and examples. - Goodreads
So far, the best book on writing I've read! - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jill Shultz - Goodreads

If I'm struggling with my writing, I'll return to this manual to get my feet planted correctly again. Although the primary focus is on description, the sections on dialogue and point of view include gems. The whole book does. Wood is one of the finest teachers I've ever encountered. Read full review

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User Review  - Filip Camerman - Goodreads

Full of useful, immediately applicable advice and bad/good examples which show the author knows what she's talking about and help you see what difference her recommendations make. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Monica Wood is the author of four works of fiction, most recently "Any Bitter Thing, "which spent 21 weeks on the American Booksellers Association extended bestseller list and was named a Book Sense Top Ten pick. Her other fiction includes "Ernie's Ark" and "My Only Story", a finalist for the Kate Chopin Award.

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