Thursday, October 16, 2008

Description & Setting

Description & Setting by Ron Rozelle, one of many Writer's Digest Books, is a phenomenal asset to have in your collection of writer's handbooks.
I knew I had to put description and setting in my novel but reading this book was like putting the light in a firefly. I started glowing from the inside out with all the knowledge and could finally see through the dark.
It talks about:
-The importance of your setting and description
-Learning to pay attention to your surroundings
-Use the flavors of your words (metaphors,
similes, cadence, flashbacks, backstories,
foreshadowing, sentence lengths, adverbs and
- Showing and telling (when to use each)
- Sensory description (the SIX senses)
- Descriptions of characters (making character
profile sheet)
-Time and place
-Get your facts straight for specialized fiction
-Using description and setting to drive the story
(mood and tone)
-Working the Magic with titles, opening
paragraphs, voice, etc.
-Too little, too much (dialogue tags, repeating,
passive voice, need to know basis)
I highly recommend this book. One of the best things I got out of it was to make a writer's journal of different details you'd use in your writing and to really make notes in it every day. It enhances your senses and creativity.
Hope you love it as much as I do.


  1. This sounds like just what I need. Description and setting don't come easy for me. Maybe I'll get this to help with my revision after NaNoWriMo.

    Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. It's a great book. Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for visiting my blog.