Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Book Review: A Reference for Writers

In Make a Scene, author Jordan E. Rosenfeld takes you through the fundamentals of strong scene construction and explains how other essential fiction-writing techniques, such as character, plot, and dramatic tension, must function within the framework of individual scenes in order to provide substance and structure to the overall story.


This book is a good reference for basic scene techniques. There are some new ways of introducing the information that I have not seen before but the information is nothing new. I would recommend this book for beginners or those who want a review on material or haven't read many books on the subject of writing.


Jordan E. Rosenfeld uses a lot of excerpts from various books to get her point across. Several of the excerpts have me wanting to read the books she uses as examples.  However the book itself is on the dry side. It isn't the driest piece of literature I've ever read, but I kept putting the book down, and progressed through the book slowly.


A slow is not necessarily bad. It allows things to digest the information.  But I am not one to enjoy slow reading. I prefer to swallow it  whole and study the parts most helpful to me later.  This book is a very good specific topic book.  Rosenfeld had plenty of opportunity to expand outside of how to write a scene, for instance, she could have explained more on what makes a good character, said more on point of view or even how to write good dialogue.  However when she does address dialogue or characters, it is only in reference to how it helps make a scene great. 

Have you read Make A Scene? What did you think?

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