It wasn’t that I was looking for a writing book to read. But I find that I’m a lot more open to writing books or writing advice or writing tips these days. I blame this entirely on joining the AbsoluteWrite community, where I spend my days geeking out on writing topics.
Several posters on AW recommended Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, 2nd edition, by Renni Browne and Dave King.
Not only did I find the book helpful and insightful, it’s also the first book I’ve highlighted on my Kindle. I’ll go back and do the writing exercises in there some other time. I might buy the hard copy for that. Having to flip back to the chapter and then go back to the writing exercises feels like so much more of a chore on a Kindle.
I like these ideas on narrative summary, something I have difficulty finding the balance of:
Narrative summary has its uses, the main one being to vary the rhythm and texture of your writing. Scenes are immediate and engaging, but scene after scene without a break can become relentless and exhausting, especially if you tend to write brief, intense scenes.
I also enjoyed this passage, on proportion:
If you have some plot development that you want to come as a surprise, spend less space on it before you spring it on your readers.