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Spellbinding Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Achieving Excellence and Captivating Readers

Spellbinding Sentences A Writer s Guide to Achieving Excellence and Captivating Readers Elevate Your Writing from So So to Spectacular Great writing requires than an original idea compelling characters or a scintillating plot An author needs all of these to be successful but writing a

  • Title: Spellbinding Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Achieving Excellence and Captivating Readers
  • Author: Barbara Baig
  • ISBN: 9781599639154
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Paperback
  • Elevate Your Writing from So So to Spectacular Great writing requires than an original idea, compelling characters, or a scintillating plot An author needs all of these to be successful, but writing and writing well also demands an entirely different skill set.Spellbinding Sentences arms you with the tools you need to master the power of the English language In thisElevate Your Writing from So So to Spectacular Great writing requires than an original idea, compelling characters, or a scintillating plot An author needs all of these to be successful, but writing and writing well also demands an entirely different skill set.Spellbinding Sentences arms you with the tools you need to master the power of the English language In this book, you ll learn the different qualities of words and the many ways those words can be combined to create sentences that hook readers You ll emulate sentences from your favorite writers, practice professional techniques, and develop your skills one step at a time The result Your ability to craft excellent sentences will become second nature and those sentences will hold your readers spellbound, page after page Get this book and profit from it Ursula K Le Guin Barbara Baig s Spellbinding Sentences is a tribute to the pleasure and vitality of the English language Never prescriptive and always clear, this enlightening book is sure to help all those wishing to add grace and strength to their writing Jane Brox, award winning author of Brilliant The Evolution of Artificial Light, one of TIME magazine s top ten nonfiction books of 2010 Spellbinding Sentencesis sophisticated and down to earth at the same time Barbara Baig has distilled decades of experience into this wise book Edward Dolnick, New York Times best selling author of The Rescue Artist A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiecebarbarabaig worksm

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    About Author

    1. Barbara Baig says:
      I am a writer who is passionate about teaching writing something I ve done for thirty years I started out working with undergraduates and graduate students I created the popular Writing Workshops at Harvard Divinity School , then moved on to teaching working adults and aspiring creative writers.I now teach in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University.My teaching journey has been focused on the questions What makes someone a good writer How do I help aspiring writers to improve After much thought, I arrived at the idea that writers need to practice their skills, just like athletes and musicians I ve developed a teaching approach that is entirely skills based, and grounded in the findings of scientific researchers in the field of expertise studies, such as Dr K Anders Ericsson.Although I know that writing is a wonderful tool for self exploration, I m interested in writing designed to be read by others because that s when we need all the skills we can develop To reach other people with our words, we need to be able to come up with and develop ideas and material, and we also need to have excellent craft skills I cover the first set of skills in How To Be a Writer, the second in Spellbinding Sentences.

    Comment 872 on “Spellbinding Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Achieving Excellence and Captivating Readers

    1. Raimey Gallant says:
      This creative writers tool is a guide to understanding diction and syntax for flow, clarity, drama, and rhythm The grammar sections are than a refresher, because they illuminate style choices including rule breaking using examples from literature I especially loved the section about word hoarding.

    2. J L says:
      Unique perspectives and creative techniques to aide in the craftsmanship of beautiful sentences and mesmerizing passages.Easy to understand, with a myriad of examples to be inspired by.

    3. Daniel Taylor says:
      Few books on writing are must reads Baig s book is an instant classic, guiding you through a lifetime of practice as a writer My all time favourite author Bill Bryson wrote a perfectly formed 217 word sentence I envied his talent My paragraphs average 75 words Thanks to Baig, I now know how Bryson constructed his sentence What s , I know how to do the same You ve gotta read this book if you want to become a great writer.

    4. Jack Chaucer says:
      Very useful book in helping writers translate what s in their imagination for readers to understand and be moved by, one gripping sentence at a time I got it from the library, but I just might have to buy it I ll be much aware of what I m creating and how I m doing it going forward I highly recommend it to writers and even readers who might be interested in how their favorite writers create such magic with their words.

    5. Skye Griffith says:
      An excellent book for writers wanting to ratchet up their relationship with and use of language in their writing Highly recommended for writers determined to move away from cliches and become inventive.

    6. Kelly says:
      I won t say I feel instantly like a better writer, but Baig definitely pointed me in the right direction Not only does she go through the different parts of sentences, but she has meaningful and frequent practice exercises for you to hone your own understanding, which is why it took me so long to finish this book She also included numerous examples from various authors to nail down the concepts I have to admit that the names of all the grammatical pieces, like gerund and present participle and d [...]

    7. Kevin says:
      This book brings a lot to the table as it helps you learn your own voice through excellent exercises Some chapters you may not grasp yet, and that is okay Keep moving forward and read It will come In the end you will realize what you have just learned will be invaluable in you becoming an amazing author I wish I found this book years ago.

    8. Joanne McKinnon says:
      I first grasped the benefits of breaking down a lesson into steps when I needed a new approach to earning the trust of Molly, our rescued border collie At first, I felt overwhelmed and incompetent Then I learned from books how to help my dog cope with her anxiety through calming signals Then I learn to use positive reinforcement and a clicker to teach her how to understand directions Step by step we learn to understand each other Regardless of this success, it never occurred to me that I could a [...]

    9. Lee Cart says:
      In Spellbinding Sentences, Barbara Baig offers writers a new set of tools to improve their writing She understands that the only way to use words precisely is to know them intimately and she helps readers gain the necessary skills through practical exercises Free writing, vocabulary building, and the study of the dictionary and thesaurus are just a few of the many methods she employs to help readers broaden their language skills She analyzes the quality of words, whether they are formal or infor [...]

    10. Daniil says:
      Only about 20% into the book, yet I can comfortably give it a 5 star rating I have been recommended this book by Dr K Anders Ericsson as an application of deliberate practice to the craft of writing The book does just that It s not a quick read, rather a laborious note taking journey that outline an even tideous approach to learning how to write And yet that is exactly what I was looking for In my life I have went from being a beginner to borderline professional in a less prestigious craft gami [...]

    11. Jennifer Worrell says:
      Baig teaches you some interesting things about sentence structure, then gives multiple practices and prompts to make your words sing And yes, there is a chapter on exactly that Writing in Rhythm And if you re bad at diagramming and can t remember for the life of you what a predicate or adverbial phrase is, this is like all of grade school and high school English squashed into a few chapters I still can t wrap my head around those definitions but it s not for lack of trying This is a good one to [...]

    12. Jan Nerenberg says:
      While at Lesley U I was privileged to take a 5 month class on sentences from Barbara and now she s condensed the whole into one great book This is a constant source of inspiration and a must read I recommend this book for any level of writer who wants to improve their work.

    13. Biggaletta Day says:
      I consider it an excellent self help editing book with good tips on writing Also great focus on grammar with a full reference section However like she says it takes a lot of practice so don t expect instant results I would add continuous practice.

    14. Roo I MacLeod says:
      This book is my bible for better prose Each day I try to practise one of the lessons before I start writing And if ever I m stuck, I go back to this book for inspiration.

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