Elements of Fiction Writing - Description

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Writer's Digest Books, Jul 15, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 176 pages
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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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User Review  - Ruth Jacobs - Goodreads

Not being great at description, probably because the way I write is to report on the scene as I watch it unfold in my head, I focus more on the characters and what they are doing. This helped me to ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
DETAILS DETAILS
6
SHOWING AND TELLING
18
DESCRIPTION AND FORWARD MOTION
38
DESCRIPTION AND DIALOGUE
66
DESCRIPTION AND POINT OF VIEW
84
DESCRIPTION AND STYLE
119
DESCRIPTION AND SETTING
134
SPECIAL DESCRIPTION PROBLEMS
146
TIPS AND TRICKS
160
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About the author (1999)

Monica Wood was born in Maine to a devout Irish Catholic family of paper mill workers. She grew up with the tradition of storytelling . She also read quite alot as a child and soon developed a love for books. Her sister and her were the first generation in her family to attend college so she thinks of her background as a literary one. Her fiction titles carry the theme of family throughout. Her older brother and sister are almost a generation older than her and her two sisters. Her parents died young and one of her sisters is mentally disabled, which has kept the family close throughtout the years. She works to create characters who appear real despite their circumstances. She also creates an empathy with the reader so that they care about what happens to these characters. Her titles include: Secret Language, The Pocket Muse, My Only Story, and The One-in-a-Million Boy.

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