Now any of you who have followed my blog for any length of time will know I don’t normally do book reviews. In fact in the life of Abitsa ( this blog) I think I’ve reviewed four books. So you may be wondering if these books are special. You bet your boots they are. Writing Vivid Settings is only 108 pages long, and crammed with all sorts of very useful information. Vivid Settings is a fantastic aid that I heartily suggest you put in your writers toolkit right now. I want to write a book that takes place in England. The problem is I was last there twenty-five years ago. Time has a nasty habit of blurring detail. Vivid Settings brought back details I had long forgotten. Have you ever tried to write about a smell? What about something you touched? Or the weather? (If any of you have that phrase “It was a dark and stormy night” running through your heads stop it right now). This book does something no others I’ve read on writing do. It treats you like a human being. It makes the assumption you don’t know everything, and respectfully adds to your knowledge. It won’t and doesn’t throw terminology such as slush pile about without politely explaining what the term slush pile means. A lot of books toss literary terminology around like candies bouncing in a pocket but this one doesn’t. It treats you with respect, knows you are trying to learn as best you can, and when a literary term is used it is explained in plain simple English.
Writing fight scenes is great. I’ve got a Star Trek story that at present is work in progress. Capt. Kirk is about to do battle with a blood thirsty Romulan. And I had to come to a dead stop because I didn’t have a clue on how write a fight scene. But thanks to Rayne Hall I now know what I have to do. This book covers almost every single weapon imaginable. Swords, axes, spears, knives, daggers, magical weapons are all mentioned in the book. I haven’t finished it yet but I’m pretty sure sling shots are mentioned. I was prowling around her website last night and discovered that she has live-in, four legged editor by the name of Sulu.
These two books are well worth the price considering the contents are priceless. But wait there’s more in the Writer’s Craft series. I think at present there are 21.
OK. I’ve written about just two of her books, and you’re wondering if you should invest in a copy. Well if I could get the whole set my answer would be
Thank you Rayne Hall for telling me what to do with Capt. Kirk.