Book Review: The Art and Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner's Manual
I have just finished The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner's Manual by Victoria Mixon.
If you are a writer, this must be on your desk. Must. Go. Buy it. Yes, I mean right now! Hit that Amazon link and get to clickin'!
The best way I can describe this is that it is like having a tutor right beside you. Victoria's voice is clear, funny and informative yet personal at the same time; it's like she's sitting right beside you, reading your mind, anticipating your questions, voicing things you knew you knew and encouraging you onward! Every time I paused to read some of Victoria's book, I want to highlight, note and then drop it in favor of writing. And you know, when I finished, I thought, WAIT how am I going to find that one note I made? Will I have to go back and scan and scan to find it? But no, because of course, Ms.Mixon thought of everything: there's an index. Yay! :)
Topics covered: character, dialog, tension, plot, writing moods, and punctuation and grammar (an invaluable resource!)