Elements of Fiction Writing - Description

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Writer's Digest Books, Jul 15, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 171 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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MONICA WOOD is the author of When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine and of thenovelAny Bitter Thing, a national bestseller and Book Sense Top Ten pick.Her other fiction includes Ernie's Ark and My Only Story, a finalist for the Kate Chopin Award. Her writing has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Parade, and many other publications. Wood lives in Portland, Maine.

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