Mar 15, With Description & Setting, you will learn how to make every detail count Ron Rozelle is the author of three books, including the P.E.N Prize. Description & Setting has ratings and 63 reviews. Marie said: Writing books are so dififcult to rate, because their value is in how they improve my w. 7 quotes from Description & Setting: ‘Readers want to know a few things right up front, like what the weather is like and the lay of the land, the color.

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How essential is setting to a story? How much description is too much? In what ways do details and setting tie into plot and character development? How can you use setting and description to add rron to your story?

You can find all the answers you need in Write Great Fiction: This nuts-and-bolts guide – complete with practical exercises at the end of each chapter – gives you all the tips and techniques you need to:. With dozens of excerpts from some of today’s most popular writers, Write Great Fiction: Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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Please try again later. From book blogger Alex Kourvo at the Writing Slices blog. Writing good description is tricky in fiction. To tell a story well, a writer has descroption handle exposition, backstory, characterization, passage of time, and a host of other things.

Slipping in description without stopping the flow of the story is essential. Using description to actually further the story is next-level.

Description & Setting by Ron Rozelle

Rozelle speaks to writers at all levels. He explains basic concepts very well, but also teaches more experienced writers how to push themselves to make their descriptions do double or even triple duty. He covers character description, time and place, and how each genre deals with setting. For example, readers of historical fiction descripption science fiction expect a lot of emphasis on setting, while readers of mainstream fiction and thrillers do not.


Rozelle gives advice about showing and telling, how to keep the story moving forward, how setting interacts with character, and how fozelle use all five senses in our fiction. I’ve had this book in my collection for some time, and tried once before to read and make use of it. As I am moving forward with my first book am now at the stage where I am turning show into tellI thought it might help to read this. Sadly, this is the weakest entry in a series of rozele that are a bit up and down in style, content and usefulness.

Firstly, I have to say Rozellle agree with the other reviewers – the way in which this book is written is, at times, painful.

Ron Rozelle breaks all of his own rules by virtue of not pairing down his OWN writing. Descriptiob makes for rough decsription wherein one can easily skim whole paragraphs without missing anything.

This two hundred and eight page tome might easily have been whittled down to one hundred and twenty five pages or thereabouts if the editor had been a wise one. Secondly, Rozelle has the bad habit of referring mostly to literary fiction as opposed to balancing the book between that and commercial fiction.

In fact, many of the books he alludes to were written decades ago and, in rron market, while they may have been solid examples of how to write THEN, they are not always good examples for today. Thirdly, the various exercises at the end of each chapter also vary in quality and usefulness.

Some of them are excellent, some of them so ridiculous that I can only assume, as with much of the book, a word or page count was required by the publishers. This is one of those times where less would actually have been more. Despite all of this, there is ONE chapter that is packed with useful information and which moves along amazingly well – Chapter Four: Showing, Telling and Combining the Two. Had Rozelle written the entire book in this way, it would be a thrill to read and make use of.

I could easily assume someone other than Rozelle had written this chapter because it is so different from the rest of the book. I can usually get through a book like this in a day or two – two weeks after trying to give this a read, I am still only halfway through it and most likely will not finish it.

BUT, it was worth the time to read chapter four as it has been of great use, and on that score I think the book is worth owning if only by virtue of buying it used. Kindle Edition Dwscription Purchase.

I have read a few books on writing. Most of them seem to a tribute to the author who you never heard of, but this book focuses an one area and does it oh so well. By showing examples and techniques to construct your writing by deconstructing great writing, she walks you through the writing process. Even though I’m a beginner in fiction writing, I only learned a few things from this book. Chapter 2 which advises on how to be pay attention contains a full-page account of the author’s trip to Ellis island [page 20] — I skipped it after reading the first sentence.


Also, the usefulness of the suggested free-writing exercises “focus on the past” and “focus on the present” is questionable.

It covers literary devices such as personification, symbolism, allusions, analogies, similes, and metaphors, including adverbs, adjectives, and punctuation.

Chapter 8 comprises commentaries on setting and description as they relate to historical fiction, mystery, science fiction, Westerns, romance and horror. They are too superficial to be of practical use. The author does not give any tip for conjuring a good title but merely cites a list of novels as examples of “good” titles. A Google search trawls out better material on this topic. A few of the author’s suggestions are mundane; others should be treated with caution such as advocating the use of adverbs and adjectives.

For instance, on pagehe states: Aren’t most writing faults spotted by re-reading? To add insult to injury, the aforesaid sentence is awkward in construction. There are some solid tips and helpful exercises in this book designed to help you write readable descriptions and settings.

I think, however, like any book on writing, you get out as much as you put in. In other words, you’ve got to practice as you read. I did find a lot of the helpful hints repetitive in that I’ve read them in other booksbut I guess good advice gets repeated. So, if you’re new to writing and books on writing, I suppose this would be as good a place to start as any!

I love this book, if you are a writer this is a good book. I buy several books for writers to help me along the way.

It will help you with description and your settings and what to look for. Deals thoroughly with the topic, reads smoothly.

I generated a lot of ideas for my novel just in the course of reading. Good exercises if you’re interested. See all 77 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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