Book: Writing Vivid Settings - Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors (Writer's Craft Book 10) by Rayne Hallcategories: Book, Novel Writing, Descriptive Writing, Writing Style, Writer's Craft, Writing Skills, Writing Reference, Creative Writing, Romance Writing, Horror Writing, Editing and Revising, Better Writing, Fiction Writing
Rayne Hallabout this book: This book has become an insider tip among authors. Do you want your readers to feel like they're really there—in the place where the story happens?
By creating vivid settings, you can bring this about. Your readers will breathe the searing desert air, feel the icy wind sting their cheeks, and sink their toes into the cool mud.
Some authors create sumptuous descriptions for the readers to savour like a rich banquet, others serve theirs like a salad, lean and crisp. Whichever style you choose, you must craft your setting descriptions so they increase the appetite for the story.
I love settings the way other people love chocolate. But my early descriptions were sticky gunk, calorie-laden with little flavour. Long-winded and dull, spread over many paragraphs and mired down the action. Unsurprisingly, readers skipped them. Now I craft setting descriptions where every sentence melts in the mouth like a luxury chocolate truffle.
Whether you want to enrich stark prose with atmospheric detail, add vibrancy to a dull piece or curb waffling descriptions, this guide can help. Learn how to make your settings intense, realistic, and intriguing.
Most chapters show techniques you can apply to any scene. Others guide you to write settings for specific situations..
Here's a list of chapters:
INTRODUCTION - 3
Chapter 1: SMELLS FOR REALISM - 5
Chapter 2: SOUNDS FOR EXCITEMENT - 9
Chapter 3: LIGHT FOR ATMOSPHERE - 13
Chapter 4: COLOUR FOR MOOD – 18
Chapter 5: WEATHER FOR INTENSITY - 21
Chapter 6: DETAIL FOR REALISM - 26
Chapter 7: SIMILES FOR WORLD-BUILDING - 30
Chapter 8: SYMBOLS FOR THE LITERARY TOUCH - 35
Chapter 9: THE QUANTITY PROBLEM - 38
Chapter 10: DEEP POV - 42
Chapter 11: OPENING SCENES - 46
Chapter 12: CLIMAX SCENES - 49
Chapter 13: ACTION SCENES - 51
Chapter 14: SPOOKY, SCARY, SUSPENSEFUL SCENES - 55
Chapter 15: LOVE SCENES - 58
Chapter 16: NIGHT SCENES - 62
Chapter 17: OUTDOORS SCENES - 66
Chapter 18: INDOORS SCENES - 70
Chapter 19: THE PICTURESQUE, THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE SUBLIME - 74
Chapter 20: THE PASSING OF TIME - 78
Chapter 21: EFFECTIVE WORD CHOICES - 81
Chapter 22: WRITING ABOUT REAL PLACES - 86
Chapter 23: RESEARCH - 89
Chapter 24: BUILD A SETTINGS DESCRIPTION BANK - 92
SAMPLE STORY - 97
FURTHER READING - 102
DEAR READER - 103
TASTER EXCERPT THE WORD-LOSS DIET - 104
Try the techniques and add them to your toolkit. Then decide which tool to use for which scene, and how. I'm teaching the craft, but the choice of how to apply it is your art. Don't rely on a single tool, because any technique becomes tedious if overused. Interpret my techniques creatively. When you infuse them with your own taste and personality, you create your unique author voice.
To get the most from this guide, you need to have mastered the basics of the writer's craft. It doesn't teach you how to plot a story or construct a scene, but it shows you how to enhance them with vivid settings.
If you like, you can use this book as a self-study class, approaching each chapter as a lesson and completing the assignments at the end of each session.
The book is available in paperback or ebook format. Use Amazon's 'look inside' feature or download the free sample to see if this book is right for you.
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