I hope you are doing well this amazing Friday. Today I bring you an amazing review of a non fiction book.
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“The Anatomy of Prose“, written by Sacha Black, is a non-fiction book about writing, published on the 29th May 2020.
I want to thank Sacha Black for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Do your sentences fail to sound the way you want? Are they lackluster, with flat characters and settings? Is your prose full of bad habits and crutches?
In The Anatomy of Prose, you’ll discover:
+ A step-by-step guide to creating descriptions that sing
+ The key to crafting character emotions that will hook a reader
+ How to harness all five senses to make your stories come alive, deepening your reader’s experience
+ Tips and tricks for balancing details at the sentence level
+ Methods for strengthening each sentence through strategic word choice, rhythm and flow
+ Dozens of literary devices, and how to utilize them to give your prose power
+ Tactics for differentiating characters in dialogue as well as making it punchy and unforgettable
+ A comprehensive prose-specific self-editing check list
+ How to embody your character’s personality at the sentence level
+ The most common pitfalls and mistakes to avoid
The Anatomy of Prose is a comprehensive writing guide that will help you create sensational sentences. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned writer, this book will power up your prose, eliminate line-level distractions and help you find the perfect balance of show and tell. By the end of this book, you’ll know how to strengthen your sentences to give your story, prose and characters the extra sparkle they need to capture a reader’s heart.
If you like dark humor, learning through examples and want to create perfect prose, then you’ll love Sacha Black’s guide to crafting sensational sentences. Read The Anatomy of Prose today and start creating kick-ass stories.
Purchase Links: Amazon | Kobo | Book Depository
About the Author
Sacha Black has five obsessions; words, expensive shoes, conspiracy theories, self-improvement, and breaking the rules. She also has the mind of a perpetual sixteen-year-old, only with slightly less drama and slightly more bills.
Sacha writes books about people with magical powers and other books about the art of writing. She lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her wife and genius, giant of a son.
When she’s not writing, she can be found laughing inappropriately loud, blogging, sniffing musty old books, fangirling film and TV soundtracks, or thinking up new ways to break the rules.
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The life of a writer can be different for everyone. For me, messy hair, my computer open, lots of notebooks and loose papers full of notes and information.. a cup of tea and a bottle of water… snacks! Many snacks… and now, Sacha Black’s The Anatomy of Prose.
I have decided, while in a moment of reflection, that I was going to learn more about the writing world. That I was going to learn and see what I could improve in my writing.
And then, like the answer to my prayers, Sacha Black wrote this brilliant nonfiction, writing book. Thanks to the universe for aligning the stars and crossing our paths… I was able to read an ARC of this book.
You may be wondering: “But Jess, you are a Portuguese author, you write in Portuguese… wouldn’t thinks be different?” Well, it’s certain that not everything can be take literally. But the thing is, all of Sacha Black’s advice and tips, can be applied to any language, because it’s all about prose.
Sure, in Portuguese we have dialogues structured in a different way and I could show you some examples. But that doesn’t mean the tip about dialogue tags (Step 5 – 5.2 Tag Simplicity) isn’t valuable, because let me tell you it was spot on!
That’s just one example. Even if the words may be different, or you have grammatically different writing, comparing to English… it’s about the core of prose, the art of writing.
Quoting Sacha “You’ve come for grammar and punctuation lessons. This is not a grammar book.” And she wrote “this book as an exploration – a narrative examining a range of techniques and tools in writing.“
That, ladies and gentlemen, is why I believe The Anatomy of Prose is a fantastic book that can help writers across the world and language barriers.
Plus, let’s be honest, the tone of this book is amazing, funny and with this casual sounding narrative that felt like a sincere conversation between friends. You will never be bored while reading, understanding, learning and thinking about the various tips, examples and exercises.
That been said… do I recommend this book? Of course! If you want to learn more or even understand what you can improve in you writing, this is perfect book for you.
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