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... show more
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.
Publish date: July 15th 1999
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
Pages no: 171
Edition language: English
Series: Elements of Fiction Writing
Didn't agree 100% with her before and after versions, and in a couple of instances she dropped a section she'd been using as an example and used something else, which negated the whole point of using an example, but overall I liked this book a lot. I found it easy to read, accessible, and lively en...
This is an excellent book on how to improve your descriptive skills in writing fiction. The thing is, the concept of description covers multiple aspects of fiction--dialogue, for instance, so the book also substantially and helpfully discusses those aspects. Read it.