Welcome to BRB and another FFAF, everyone! I’m sure most are away on holidays, since it is that time of year. I’ve been away twice already, and the weather was great! Anyway, I’ve chosen to write another review, for a book that truly deserves the recognition.
Once in a while, I do pick up a non-fiction book. And, the last one I read certainly isn’t a title I’d recommend. The author tried to mesmerize her audience with unnecessary verbose academic language and, what I assumed she believed to be, witty remarks. Unfortunately, I didn’t care for the condescending tone of her writing and lost interest halfway through.
On the opposite end of the scale, Elements of Fiction Writing: Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card was a concise, informative and engaging read. From the first page to the last, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author did an excellent job explaining everything from character creation to POV without one-liners or long-winded sentences. Most of the information he provided wasn’t new, but as everything else in this forever-changing industry, there was a lot I didn’t know, or fully understand, as to the “whys” and “what-fors.” My biggest hang-up has always been POV, not with understanding how it works, but writing it correctly according to the rules. It’s so easy to throw your entire story off with just a few wrong words; forgetting that a character cannot see their own eyes or facial expressions. And Mr. Card explains how to work through this problem, along with many others. I give Elements of Fiction Writing: Characters and Viewpoint five stars for enriching my non-fiction reading experience. I think most authors, especially those just entering into the crazy world of publishing would find this book enlightening.
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