- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (October 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599638835
- ISBN-13: 978-1599638836
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion, and Theme
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About the Author
JORDAN ROSENFELD is the author of three novels, most recently Women in Red, and several writing guides, including A Writer's Guide to Persistence, Make a Scene, and Write Free. Her essays and articles have appeared in such publications as AlterNet, Bustle, Creative Live, Family Fun, Mom.me, The New York Times, The Rumpus, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, The Weeklings, Writer's Digest, and many more.
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Something else that I didn't expect to find in this novel was perhaps the best explanation of "show, don't tell" that I've ever seen. Most of us have been told this in our writing (or at least most of us in the demographic that would be buying this book), and, if you're like me, you nod your head while waiting for a better, more detailed explanation. Alderson and Rosenfeld actually explain this common problem with a far better saying:
"demonstrate, don't lecture," and then give clear, concise examples that have clarified this for me more than any lecturer, agent, or English teacher ever could.
So if you're a first time reader, looking to join us in the craft, or a bestseller, and don't mind pronoun switches (and really, why would you?), I would strongly recommend buying Writing Deep Scenes. The vast improvement in my manuscript was definitely worth the price.
A beginning writer may have some benefit from this because of the simplicity of the lessons and large amounts of words spent on them, but if you've read other books from WD or you've been writing for some time, it's probably not worth it. I found myself skimming and skipping chunks looking for usable information.
Also, while examples are good, there's such a thing as excess. I'm personally a conceptual learner, so it was boring for me just reading a book that's half excerpts from other books and half restating what happened in their own words. If there was a point to it, that point was repeated in similar words several times in a chapter and the next. I'd be looking for a DEEP concept, but it was a lot of "I liked this book."
The author's voice was one I had to actively tolerate, but I think that comes down to personal opinion.
Basically, only recommend under specific circumstances (i.e. someone starting out who hasn't heard all the info before).
This is a writing book that will not collect dust on your shelf! I can't recommend it highly, enough!