Daily Archives: June 21, 2012

Reading Circles – Description & Setting {Part 1}

Happy Friday everyone!! Have you all managed to wrangle a copy of Ron Rozelle’s book, Description & Setting, as part of the Write Great Fiction series?

I’m excited to start this series because we’re going to drop down from the esoteric and get into some real nuts and bolts here!

So, if you need some convincing that flushing out fantastic descriptions and vivid settings  is important, by all means start with Chapter One: The Importance of Description and Setting. (I always wonder why they include these chapters…if we didn’t know that describing things was important, why did we pick up the book?)

If you, like me, are already the proverbial preached-at choir, feel free to browse the first chapter (it does have some interesting notes on voice, tone, and turning setting into a character on its own) and then delve right into Chapter Two: Learning to Pay Attention and Chapter Three: Using All the Tools in Your Kit.

And then I have an exercise for us. Your assignment, should you choose to accept,  is to:

– describe something in or around your home or neighborhood as if it were a person

You can do this exercise straight up, post it on your blog, and link it up here, or you can even work the exercise into a blog post you’re already writing (for example, your Bigger Picture Moment post…) and link that up! Dealio?

I’ll have a linky up each week, starting next Friday. Challenge yourself to go for the non-obvious! You never know how you might surprise you. I look forward to seeing some fabulous anthropomorphisms next week!