This book is aimed at writers, although I found it helpful for recognizing techniques and style in writing as well. Its focus is on characterization, developing characters, their actions and emotions, expressing feelings, and making it consistent. It looks at different genres and how characters can fit in, and it explores characterization and different narrator viewpoints.
Through it all, Nancy includes good examples and has exercises at the end of each chapter to help the reader explore what she has been explaining.
The book works very well for writers and writer want-to-bes, but readers will find a lot of value as well.