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***Novelist’s Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes

by Raymond Obstfeld

Reviewed August 1, 2002.
Writer’s Digest Books, 2000.  218 pages.

This is a good writing book, about the nitty-gritty of getting a novel written.  I liked the approach of looking at individual scenes and how to craft them.  There were some tips I had never heard before, and some exercises I want to try on my own writing.

I didn’t particularly like his choice of examples, as they leaned toward being smutty or violent.  However, he did a good job of conveying the craft of scene-writing.

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