Mar 15, With Description & Setting, you will learn how to make every detail count Ron Rozelle is the author of three books, including the P.E.N Prize. Description & Setting has ratings and 63 reviews. Marie said: Writing books are so dififcult to rate, because their value is in how they improve my w. 7 quotes from Description & Setting: ‘Readers want to know a few things right up front, like what the weather is like and the lay of the land, the color.

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So, if you’re new to writing and books on writing, I suppose this would be as good a place to start as any! I want to get something published, preferably as a eBook on Amazon to get my name out there and slowly build upon that.

Description & Setting Quotes by Ron Rozelle

How you can use it to establish mood and tone by your characters actions but also how you can use description and setting to help illuminate some of the conflicts in your novel. Wordsmithing was a favorite word where he explained how to phrase each sentence to achieve the best impact and make the magic of reading shine.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. I did find a lot of the helpful hints repetitive in that I’ve read them in other booksbut I guess good advice gets repeated.

I do wish that I knew how to organize all the notes that he suggests jotting down for later use. Their value and usefulness depends upon where you are. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I particularly enjoyed all the references to wordsmithing. Now whether or not these things have one iota to do with your story doesn’t concern the reader. Learning to Pay Attention The book took a wrong turn for me, when I read chapter four and five.


Highly instructive and informative. It covers things roj how to pay better attention to the world around you to keeping a writer’s notebook to description in specialized fiction.

descgiption You have to learn the techniques of what makes a novelist succeed in the 21st century – or carry on writing tomes for yourself. I feel like I got a bit more out of it this time than my previous read of it four years ago, but it was still boring as heck to read.

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I think it takes settinh lot of hubris to say you don’t need to improve your craft; I worry what it says about me when I have to admit a book on writing didn’t work for me.

In fact, many of the books he alludes to were written decades ago and, in today’s market, while they may have been solid examples of how to write THEN, they are not always good examples for today. So if you write fiction, or want to, I would recommend this book.

He used a lot of examples, and sometimes would simply say, there. The example used for this one is an excerpt from Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome.

Description & Setting by Ron Rozelle

He took paragraphs to get to the point at times, and often interjected with irrelevant asides. However, if your issue is not being sure on how to write a specific genre, skip this one. As with these reference books, there’s a handy appendix summarizing the main points of each desscription. Liked it so much I bought it on Amazon.

Description & Setting Quotes

I checked this book out from the library but will be adding it to my writing collection, as it’s packed with ideas, lists, explanations, encouragement and inspiration that I don’t want to be without. He does a fine job. So, my final opinion is meh. The author, Ron Rozelle, explains weighty concepts without dumbing it steting.


Ron Rozelle does a good job of presenting the information, with some telling examples, and a fine appendix that reprises what was said earlier in the book. The thing here is, this is a general guide on description and setting.

This is the chapter that looks at description and setting in the various genres, how they differ and how you can use them to help construct a better story.

A few of the author’s suggestions are mundane; others should be settingg with caution such as advocating the use of adverbs and adjectives. Whatever specialized information it has is too vague to be at all useful. Jan 19, K.

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Dec 31, Todd Hogan rated it liked it. The Empty Lot Next Door He did not hesitate to call it work–but he encouraged you in your endeavors by the cohesive unit and flow that you will achieve.

That means using all five of the senses to set up a scene, mood, environment, whatever! In all honesty I didn’t expect to learn as much from this book as from the others, as I had always considered description to be one of my strengths.

I felt that could have been said earlier. The other chapter that made rizelle all worth while and my third favorite how nice, to have them all descdiption one little clump like that!