Tools of the Trade...

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"If you want your audience to know something important about your character (or the work at large), introduce it early, before you need it." (Foster 205)

I enjoy the little tips Foster throws out in each section of the book.  Following a pretty lengthy example, or series of examples he just spells it out plainly, somerthing I usually hate in my reading but for this style of writing it works, and Foster has a knack for sounding effortlessly personable in his writing.  I've always had an apprehension toward wordy, dry, text-book-esque, "look-how-smart-I-am" writing which most books of this style come off as but Foster avoids that and really can be enjoyable if not just informative.

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