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The Scene Book: A Primer for the Fiction Writer

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    Informative, but Redundant and Difficult to Get Through

    The Scene Book begins as most books of this nature do, with a description of the writer. I read this for a class, and knew that it would probably be boring and from someone qualified, but unfortunately for me it was actually dreadfully boring and while Scofield may be a qualified writer, she relies so heavily on the writing of others that her own lessons drown in examples. It is so hard to teach the art of fiction, but when left to the professionals sometimes it can come across as informative. Scofield does not do the field justice, using her own dry writing style with a mix of random writing examples she finds interesting. Personally I think this book can be cut down into a single chapter. The examples are unnecessary and her lessons are almost all a complete reflection of one another. I would recommend this only to someone who has no idea how to set up a scene.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    A book to keep in your lap

    I'm a new narrative non-fiction writer and this is a book for a fiction writer, but I still found it almost indispensable for working on scenes in my memoir. What's more, I have read other books on writing and none covered this subject in such detail or at all. I had not thought of scenes as having four basic elements for example. One of them is function. I had not thought before to look at my scenes to see if they served a function. I came across this book as I was completing a revision and it gave me so much to think about, I kept it in my lap and went back over it numerous times. In fact, it's in my lap now, as I look once again at Chapter 5.

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