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The Art & Craft of Fiction by Victoria  Mixon
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Feb 01, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: first-reads-shelf, arc-from-author, ebook

Alright, I’m just gonna say it: Victoria Mixon is a genius. You can even assume I’m doing it in a sing-song voice.

I’ve read Donald Maass---invaluable. Instructive. I’ve read Betsy Lerner---engaging and funny. Victoria would be their love child. Donald Maass is definitely in teaching mode in his books and Betsy reveals a lot of the behind-the-scenes of publishing which is definitely informative, but Victoria’s book is a funny, instructive reference (and if I have just misused commas, it’s because I need to reread her section on grammar and punctuation!) that gets to the heart of the craft of writing. Writers, this book is about the nuts and bolts, with examples of how it’s been done before, how we shouldn’t follow some classic examples and why, and how to just make your whole story better. Ms. Mixon covers everything: characters, plots, dialogue, pacing, punctuation and grammar, dispelling writing myths, the many moods of a writer---didn’t I say everything??! Icing on the cake? A boiled down run through of all her main points at the end. Sprinkles on that icing? An index. I love an index! I can’t help it. It’s a true reference when there is an index, in my humble opinion.

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Reading Progress

February 1, 2011 – Started Reading
February 1, 2011 – Shelved
February 3, 2011 – Shelved as: first-reads-shelf
February 4, 2011 –
page 21
February 6, 2011 –
page 21
February 7, 2011 –
page 45
11.84% "I'm likin' this!"
February 10, 2011 –
page 48
February 25, 2011 –
page 55
14.47% "I really like this!! Sorry it's taking so long! I'm working on it! ;)"
March 1, 2011 –
page 101
26.58% "Really, one of my new favorite books on writing! Highly recommended!"
March 10, 2011 –
page 141
March 23, 2011 –
page 270
April 15, 2011 –
page 307
April 22, 2011 – Shelved as: arc-from-author
April 22, 2011 – Shelved as: ebook
April 22, 2011 – Finished Reading

Comments (showing 1-4 of 4) (4 new)

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Lara McKusky So far, so good! :)

Lara McKusky I'm going slowly with this one, as I'm highlighting and making notes on the pdf file! there's a lot I don't want to forget &/or want to be able to find later! :)

Darlene McGarrity I'm currently reading this.. It is right next to me!

Lara McKusky JUST finished it yesterday! Great reference in my opinion! :)

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