William Noble’s “Make That Scene”

Helpful, Informative and packed with …

Although not a Writers’ Digest book (my edition is published by Erikson), it reads like one. Like all Writers’ Digest books, this is a good primer+ for writers on the road to authorhood. There were some definite takeaways, some things I stopped to consider (I’m happy when a book makes me think. It means it’s teaching and I’m learning). Noble does a good job with examples (it seems all these Writers’ Digest type books pull from the same sources for examples).

It’s a good afternoon read for working writers, a good week long read for those starting the path. Both will find the exercises worthy, helpful and informative.

The book has the sense of being based on a undergrad or advanced placement class Noble taught. There’s a few blocks where he writes about discussions with students in a classroom setting. One nice element was Noble sharing where his suggestions weren’t used and the writing worked better for it.

William Noble's Make That Scene

Make That Scene has a lot of overlap with most of the Writers’ Digest books I’ve read. Scenes can be created via dialogue, narrative, exposition, plot mechanics, character, … And many of these have their own volumes (I know because I have most of them) and they, in turn, spend time on creating/developing scenes from their perspective.

One thing that tickled me…Noble’s use of ellipses…something other authors warn against…it made me wonder…if he had an “ellipses” key…on his keyboard…hmm…

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