How to Build a Believable World #Thursday Book Feature

Write Great Fiction – Description & Setting

By Ron Rozelle


What Amazon Says


How essential is setting to a story? How much description is too much? In what ways do details and setting tie into plot and character development? How can you use setting and description to add depth to your story?

You can find all the answers you need in Write Great Fiction: Description & Setting by author and instructor Ron Rozelle. This nuts-and-bolts guide – complete with practical exercises at the end of each chapter – gives you all the tips and techniques you need to:

        • Establish a realistic sense of time and place
        • Use description and setting to drive your story
        • Craft effective description and setting for different genres
        • Skillfully master showing vs. telling


With dozens of excerpts from some of today’s most popular writers, Write Great Fiction: Description & Setting gives you all the information you need to create a sharp and believable world of people, places, events, and actions.


My Thoughts


One thing I don’t like about this book is the use of the ampersand sign in the title instead of the written word “and.” To me, this implies laziness. Of course, it may not have been Ron Rozelle’s decision, but come on. How much time and space does the word “and” take?

Otherwise, although I took issue with some of the author’s suggestions on writing and editing, I found this book helpful, especially the exercises. One of them inspired me to start the first chapter of my novel-in-progress, Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, with a description of the sights, sounds, and smells in a nursing home. If you write fiction and are struggling with description and setting, this book will be your friend.



By the way, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are now available on Smashwords as part of its sale to support those isolated by the coronavirus. This sale will run until the end of May. Please click here to visit my Smashwords author page and download these books. As always, thank you for reading.


New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.


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