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Posted February 3, 2014
Mary Buckham’s Active Setting books are a MUST HAVE for every writer. In each one she touches on important techniques that make the reader connect deeper with your story, which makes it so that they do NOT want to put your book down until they hit “the end”. (Every writer’s goal.) In Active Setting Book 3, she talks about “anchoring”, a must for every book, and every scene. Do you know how to do it properly? If not, then read this book. All three are written in a clear, concise and easy to follow manner that will help you improve your writing and storytelling skills.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 18, 2013
Simple, To the Point, yet Profound
Thanks to Writing Active Setting Book 3: Anchoring, Action, as a Character and More by Mary Buckham, I have an enhanced understanding of the many essential jobs skillfully written settings accomplish in creating a real and active world for the reader. Through the use of excellent examples across a variety of genres, Mary dissects the techniques used by best-selling authors to draw the reader into a specific story-world at a specific time. Additionally, she provides meaningful assignments to anchor an author, new or seasoned, in mastering the various techniques.
Note: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. However, I decided to purchase the complete series (including Book 3 again ¿) once I finished reading it so I can highlight my *own* copy. - Susan Saxx
Posted October 4, 2013
Mary Buckham makes it look simple. Writing Active Setting Book 3 is a clear, concise, easy-to-read tutorial outlining how to elevate ho-hum, fictional setting descriptions into dynamic narrations that seamlessly move your story forward and have readers interested, engaged and turning pages non-stop until the close of your story. Not only does the author give already-published examples of great setting descriptions, but also, she gives sample texts of what NOT to do as well as how the published passages might have read if handled by a less skilled hand. Her examples and get-to-the-point style help make an often complicated, frustrating process all the more clear to working writers and students of fiction. Ahhh, you’ll think, THAT’s the difference (of course, I always follow my aha moment with a why didn’t I see that)! There’s lots of sage, well-honed advice here, and you’ll quickly see that the lessons covered involve more than “just” settings. It’s a quick read and worthy of rereading again and again – I do. ; ) Money well spent.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.