(Check out our handout on brainstorming for some suggested techniques.) Many writers rely too heavily on summary because it is what they can most easily write.
This version of the paragraph mentions the book’s title, author, setting, and narrator so that the reader is reminded of the text.
And that sounds a lot like summary—but the paragraph quickly moves on to the writer’s own main topic: the setting and its relationship to the main themes of the book.
Whereas white and grey symbolize false purity and decay respectively, the color green offers a symbol of hope. Scott Fitzgerald provides readers with detailed descriptions of the area surrounding East Egg, New York.
In fact, Nick Carraway’s narration describes the setting with as much detail as the characters in the book.