Writing Active Setting Book 1: Characterization and Sensory Detail

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Have you tried to take your writing skills to the next level but don't know where to begin?

Do you dread the thought of writing narrative description because as a reader you skip over it when you read novels?

Or are you a writer who ignores Setting description totally in your novel writing–but know your story needs it? You just don't know where.

Active Setting, explained in comprehensible bites with clear examples from a variety of published authors can help YOU breakthrough with your writing skills.

Readers usually remember the plot and characters of a story, but setting is every bit as important in creating a memorable world. Novel writing can be enjoyable once you've mastered a few of the writing skills necessary to bring a story to life.

If you're tired of your Setting descriptions being ho-hum and are ready to create a compelling story world, regardless of what you write, or your current level of writing skills, keep reading.

In WRITING ACTIVE SETTING Book 1: Characterization and Sensory Detail you will:

Discover the difference between Ordinary Setting that bogs down your story, and Active Setting that empowers your story. See how to spin boring descriptions into engaging prose.Learn to deepen the reader's experience of your story world through sensory details.Notice how changing characters' POV can change your setting.Explore ways to maximize the setting possibilities in your story.

This book goes straight to the point, putting theory in plain language, adding examples from authors in a variety of genres, and finishes each section with exercises designed to help you work with your Setting in a way that will excite you. . .and your readers!

Product Details

  • File Size: 931 KB
  • Print Length: 68 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cantwell Publishing, LLC (October 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 7, 2013
  • Sold by: ¬†Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Must Have Book if You’re an Author

26 people found this helpful.
 on October 8, 2012
By Michelle S.
Mary Buckham’s Book, Writing Active Setting, really is a must have for writers. Setting has always been the weakest part of my writing, hopefully not anymore. This book leads you through the whys and hows of incorporating the setting into the story in a way that helps the characters come to life and makes the setting more dimentional for your readers. An easy read with great examples from authors you know and love.

A book on Writing Active Settings every writer should own!

12 people found this helpful.
 on October 8, 2012
By DL Snell
Mary Buckham has created a treasure for writers. This is a fabulous craft book for the writer who does not want readers “skimming” over chunks of their story because the setting bogs it down. And for the writer who wants to draw readers deep into their world. And for the writer who wants to use setting to show emotion or reveal details about their characters. Need I go on? Kudos to Mary on producing a book that shows how top authors write great setting and easy steps for any writer who wants to improve setting in their stories.

Excellent Craft Book

26 people found this helpful.
 on October 8, 2012
By J. Coy
I was thrilled to receive an advance copy of this book. If you’re a writer and have difficulty writing good setting, this book is for you. I knew within the first few pages that Mary Buckham’s Writing Active Setting contained gold. This book delivered everything I expected. This is a five star resource I wish I’d had since the beginning of my writing career. If you’re familiar with Mary Buckham’s work, then you already know the quality of her teaching. If you’re new to Mary, you have nothing to risk by purchasing Writing Active Setting. It will make you a better writer.

A Great Tool for the Writer’s Toolkit!

21 people found this helpful.
 on October 8, 2012
By Laurie Adams
If you’re a writer, then Mary Buckham’s book, Writing Active Settings, is a must-have tool for your writer’s toolkit. Creating settings that are rich and believable is not an easy task, but with this book, I found that each chapter gave me great tips that I could immediately implement in my manuscript. The examples and explanations were so clear that I had no trouble understanding what I needed to do to improve my settings. I was excited to apply what I’d just learned and could immediately see a new depth in my writing that I otherwise would not have added. While many craft books are fluffed with redundant material, Mary Buckham’s book gets right to the point and drives that point home. The best part is, I know that when I have to go back to do revisions, it will make sense to read the book again because it’s a quick read with information that will never get old.

A Lesson in Deep Point of View

13 people found this helpful.
 on October 19, 2012
By Kris Austen Radcliffe
Writing Active Setting brilliantly hits two birds at one time: How to incorporate the correct details of setting into your scenes, and how to do it in deep point of view. Both points are critical for a good story. But the ability to pull description from your character’s head and place it on the page is a skill critical to building your protagonist’s world.


12 people found this helpful.
 on October 9, 2012
This book is a must for any author diligently slogging away at their manuscripts in the hope to get published.

Buckham Shows How to Write Like a Professional

10 people found this helpful.
 on October 11, 2012
By Kathleen Pickering
Mary Buckham remains consistent in presenting writing how-to techniques to meet the professional standards editors seek in an author. WRITING ACTIVE SETTING reveals the secrets all the pros know in how to create the world your characters live in by making the setting a living/breathing integral part of the story. This instructional guide is a must-read for the serious writer. Well done, Mary Buckham!

Great Writing Tool – It’s a Keeper!

10 people found this helpful.
 on October 8, 2012
By AAdams
Mary’s insightful description of how to transform your work into art has inspired me to go back and revisit all of my own settings. She’s given us a way to look at the difference between “blah” and “exciting”. Knowing where to insert the Active Settings and how it should be done is priceless. Anyone who has the desire to improve their craft should read her instruction and take it to heart.

A Writer’s Tool Box Must-Have

6 people found this helpful.
 on October 9, 2012
By CrzGzr
I was honored to get an advanced copy of Writing Active Setting by Mary Buckham. I took one of Mary’s online classes and she really puts you through your paces, keeps you on track and can definitely motivate. Mary has the unique ability of teaching you to rethink your writing process and write better. Writing Active Setting goes beyond story telling and writing anecdotes; the book helps you write settings that compels your reader to be drawn into the the story, to be in the room, to be there. Whether your style is to layout the plot and come back to plump up the story with setting or to paint each scene and let the story lay down the foundation, Writing Active Setting will help you keep it fresh and avoid pitfalls and stumbling blocks. Remembering that your characters are human and rely the same five senses to exist on the page, can help you create a setting that keeps your reader engaged. Mary reminds us that the world our characters inhabit are unique to them and distinct from the readers world. There are also assignments that help you put what you read into immediate focus, exploring the concepts in your writing as you read. Regardless of what you write, you will learn something from Writing Active Setting.

Excellent how-to

9 people found this helpful.
 on October 28, 2012
By LindaNpines
I have long been a proponent for using specific details in writing setting. My initial plotting process relies on researching where my story occurs. Once I have that, I can move forward. After reading Writing Active Setting, I learned the reasons why these specifics are so important to draw a reader into a story–how characterization is deepened, subtext added, and point of view enhanced. The line-by-line analyses of published works are easy to follow and provided great explanations for what the author hoped to achieve. The assignments proved helpful in demonstrating the craft techniques of how a writer can flesh out the setting details to go from skimpy first draft to layered final draft. This book is a must read for writers wishing to hone their craft on creating rich settings.

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