- File Size: 493 KB
- Print Length: 26 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Kat Duncan; 2 edition (January 2, 2011)
- Publication Date: January 2, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004HW6N8A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,596 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The focus of the book is on incorporating the right type of details into your descriptions. It's short at 7500 words but to the point. The examples are easy to understand, though some examples from familiar novels would've driven home the point better. Especially because two examples of things to avoid (too much detail and unexplained/mystery words) feature prominently in some genres -- most notably some types of mystery and most science fiction. But overall, this is a good resource for an author struggling through the revising process. Nailing good descriptions is a careful balancing act, and any book that can put you on the right track isn't worth passing up.
I'd actually give this 3.5 stars. If it could be fleshed out a bit more, I'd give it a solid 4.
As the author succintly points out, details help you: Develop your characters; Paint a better picture of the settings; Show (rather than tell) emotions; Adjust the pace of your story; and most importantly, Help to get your readers invested in the story.
She goes far beyond the superficial "five senses" of details to give writers effective tools.
I found her examples, and her examination of them, to be very useful in fully understanding her points.
In particular, I commend the section on when, how and why to 'tell', 'show' or use a 'blended' approach.
Read this book!
At first, I was a bit disappointed that this wasn't a novel. But that was my own bad for assuming that a book is a book, and opting out of reading the book description. I will continue to select free titles as often as I can, and most likely will continue to get them description unseen. Especially if they turn out to be something worth having like Telling Details.
I am grateful that Kat was willing to share her expertise with the world like this, and helping other aspiring writers understand what it takes to be a good, down to earth writer.
With her help, there will be many more people trying their hand at writing, and using their imagination and skill to keep people like us turning pages for years to come.
Thank you, Kat.
"Your main characters should each have at least one identifiable mannerism or habit that is unique to them." - Again, I agree. This book is a real help to writers.