(This book is part of Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft)
Fix the setting and description problems holding your manuscript back!
A strong and well-described setting can draw readers right into your story, but a flat and bare world will make them leave it. Make sure your descriptions keep those readers hooked.
Janice Hardy takes you step-by-step through setting and description-related issues, such as weak world building, heavy infodumping, told prose, awkward stage direction, inconsistent tone and mood, and overwritten descriptions. She’ll show you how to analyze your draft, spot any problems or weak areas, and fix those problems.
With clear and easy-to-understand examples, Fixing Your Setting & Description Problems offers five self-guided workshops that target the common issues that make readers stop reading. It will help you:
- Choose the right details to bring your setting and world to life
- Craft strong descriptions without overwriting
- Determine the right way to include information without infodumping
- Create compelling emotional layers that reflect the tone and mood of your scenes
- Fix awkward stage direction and unclear character actions
Fixing Setting & Description Problems starts every workshop with an analysis to pinpoint problem areas and offers multiple revision options in each area. You choose the options that best fit your writing process. Learn how to:
- Develop a strong and effective revision plan
- Analyze your manuscript to find its strengths and weaknesses
- Spot common red-flag words for problem areas
- Determine the best way to revise
Fixing Setting & Description Problems is an easy-to-follow guide to crafting immersive settings and worlds that draw readers into your story and keep them there.
About the Author
Janice Hardy is the founder of Fiction University, a site dedicated to helping writers improve their craft. She writes both fiction and nonfiction.
Her nonfiction books include the Skill Builders series: Understanding Show, Don’t Tell (And Really Getting It) and Understanding Conflict (And What It Really Means), and the Foundations of Fiction series: Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, a self-guided workshop for planning or revising a novel; its companion guide, Planning Your Novel Workbook; and Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft.
She’s also the author of the teen fantasy trilogy The Healing Wars, including The Shifter, Blue Fire, and Darkfall, from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. The Shifter was chosen by the Georgia Center for the Book for its 2014 list of “Ten Books All Young Georgians Should Read.” It was also shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize (2011) and The Truman Award (2011).
Janice lives in Central Florida with her husband, one yard zombie, two cats, and a very nervous freshwater eel.
Visit her author’s site at janicehardy.com for more information, or visit fiction-university.com to learn more about writing.
Follow her at @Janice_Hardy for writing links.