- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (November 23, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582974799
- ISBN-13: 978-1582974798
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Of course, try to use the pointers mentioned in this book as guidelines - don't follow them exactly. Otherwise, we'll all become robotic storytellers! What this book fails to tell is - we all have our own styles and for that we need to break a rule or two. But first, we need to learn the rules and understand why they are there in the first place. This book helps us with just that.
The opening and closing chapters were very strong- this book would be great for beginning writers, and a good reinforcement for veterans to pick up.
I especially liked how she covered the purpose and pacing of scene openings, middles, and closes. This book has a comfortable level of examples- enough so that the points are communicated with clarity. A lot of books lard themselves up with copious excerpts and redundant examples, but this one refrains and gives us the perfect balance.
Some veteran writers might think they already know the mechanics of putting together a scene, but I'd still advise them to skim through this- there's probably some bits in there they could benefit from.
It's not my favorite writing book of all time- but it's a good one.