Write Descriptions Your Readers Won’t Forget


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Excite your reader on every page. Vivid description isn’t a static listing of attributes; instead, it’s the live wire that runs through every scene in your story, and both information and emotion travel to the reader along that hot current. It’s how you make both a character’s exterior world, their interior emotional life, and specific interactions between the two vivid and unforgettable. Good description is electric, and it shocks sleepy readers awake. It helps us sit up with a gasp and pay attention.

In 30 exercises, discover an entire toolkit for electrifying your prose and master fresh strategies for describing characters, settings, emotions, and actions in ways that leave the reader breathless.


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“Not only is the advice great, but there’s a warmth to the chapters that makes writing inviting rather than intimidating.” – Todd Mitchell, author of The Traitor King and The Last Panther

“There are other worldbuilding books out there; this is the one you want.” – Travis Heerman, author of the Ronin trilogy

“A master class: Litore has created an accessible, comprehensive approach.” – S.G. Redling, author of Flowertown and Damocles

“This is a clear, comprehensive, and beautifully written guide that will not only help emerging writers to find their voices and build imaginative worlds and characters, but one that will also prove invaluable to experienced writers seeking to spark their creative impulses or deepen the worlds they create.” – Angela Mitchell, author of Falada and Dancing Days

“Learning to write fiction that moves readers is a lifelong pursuit, but successful writers often struggle with showing others how they do it. For that, you need a good teacher. Stant Litore is an extraordinary teacher, and in Write Stories Your Readers Won’t Forget he shares what he knows in clear, practical and profound chapters. Packed with insight, examples, and exercises, Stant’s book will cut years off your learning curve.” – James Van Pelt, author of Pandora’s Gun


Stant Litore is the author of the nonfiction titles Lives of Unforgetting and On the Other Side of the Night, and the fiction titles Ansible, The Zombie Bible, Dante’s Heart, and The Dakotaraptor Riders. Best known for his weird fiction, alternate history, and science fiction, he holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver (as Daniel Fusch). He has served as a developmental editor for the independent writers’ collaborative Westmarch Publishing, and his work on character development has been featured in Jeff Vandermeer’s Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction. Litore’s fiction has been acclaimed by NPR, has served as the topic for scholarly work in Relegere and Weird Fiction Review, and he has been hailed as “SF’s premier poet of loneliness.” He is fascinated by ancient languages, history, and religious studies. He does not currently own a starship or a time machine but would rather like to. He lives in Colorado with his three children and hides from visitors in the basement library beneath a heap of toy dinosaurs, tattered novels, comic books, incomprehensibly scribbled drafts, and antique tomes. He is working on his next novel, or several.

He has taught these classes for Clarion West, Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Writing the Other, Apex Writers, Castle Rock Writers Conference, and other professional events for fiction writers.


157 pages.
Cover art by Lauren K. Cannon.



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