Hunting, Fishing and Writing

I recently started reading A Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank.  When this book first came out I poo-pooed it for its title despite a number of friends recommending it to me.  I’ve read the first 40 pages or so and I am really enjoying the way it’s written.  The author does so much with dialogue and action and the writing is really, really clean.  By this I mean there aren’t a lot of explanatory phrases or long dialogue tags or relentless adverbs.

Each word is carefully and specifically chosen and it shows.  Sometimes when people talk about the “craft” of writing I think it sounds really pretentious.  But that is how I would describe her writing; very well crafted.  It’s helpful to read and keep in mind as I hone and tweak my own writing.

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One thought on “Hunting, Fishing and Writing

  1. Oh, I *love* this book. It’s just brilliant. The ending leaves me a little empty, but I can still remember the scene where the narrator is eating cereal. Cereal! It’s such an insignificant scene, but so well written that I can *still* remember the exact dialog and picture it in my mind.

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