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Sizzling Style: Every Word Matters | [William Bernhardt]

Sizzling Style: Every Word Matters

Too often aspiring writers are frustrated by rejection, not realizing that the problem is not the story but the way they are telling it. In this audiobook, best-selling author William Bernhardt brings his down-to-earth approach to the subject of style, revealing everything you need to know to write with the art and craft of a seasoned professional. Bernhardt goes beyond memorizing rules to a fresh approach, a philosophy of writing that will transform your work and take it to a higher level.
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Publisher's Summary

Sizzling Style is what distinguishes a spellbinding book from an ordinary one. The writer who understands the fundamentals of fictional writing style knows how to capture readers and never let them go. Too often aspiring writers are frustrated by rejection, not realizing that the problem is not the story but the way they are telling it. In this audiobook, best-selling author William Bernhardt brings his down-to-earth approach to the subject of style, revealing everything you need to know to write with the art and craft of a seasoned professional. Bernhardt goes beyond memorizing rules to a fresh approach, a philosophy of writing that will transform your work and take it to a higher level. Because as William Goldman famously said, "No one really knows what will be commercial, but everyone knows good writing from bad writing." The audiobook also includes exercises designed to help writers apply this approach to their own writing.

©2014 William Bernhardt Writing Programs (P)2014 Babylon Books

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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-27-15
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-27-15 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    One of the excellent attributes about the Red Sneaker series is the ease that all level of writers and critics will absorb the advice -- everyone will get something of their own out of this work. This collection is outstanding for becoming a better writer, in addition the collection is invaluable in helping critique novels you read/listen. In sizzling style, Bernhardt spends minutes identifying guidelines. This book is about how to eliminate the unwanted, sharpen, convince and convey. This is not a book about adjectives and jacking your writing using steroids. Ooops, violated a rule, "don't say what is not, shay what it is." As the author always says, there are no rules to writing -- but some come close. Take this advice to heart.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Judith E. Prueitt Dallas, Tx 03-19-15
    Judith E. Prueitt Dallas, Tx 03-19-15 Member Since 2014

    Enjoying life, taking time to be myself, trust me it's a hoot!

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    "I hate this guy. He's an illusions smasher/master"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sizzling Style to be better than the print version?

    Bernhardt's spellbinding voice enlivens his masterful lessons for writers, and makes up for the sins of Language arts teachers every where.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I said I hate this guy. Because, each new Red Sneaker Series book that I read smashes the illusions I have as a writer, but it hones my writing. I have spent the past year reading How to books on novel writing only to pick up some bad habits, and cluttered confusion on the craft. Bernhardt's natural teaching style instructs, and empowers the developing writer's unique individual talent.


    What about William Bernhardt’s performance did you like?

    I have been able to understand the landscape of creative writing and many tools of the craft, the where in the geography, more important, when to employ the useful information I've gotten from the RSS other writers.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When I realized that clarity is more important than fad, and sadly, that quick read sells faster than the verbose rookie stuff I currently write. Bernhardt's mentorship is priceless.


    Any additional comments?

    Now and again in history a cluster of genius appears, France's Impressionist, The Bauhaus and Italy's Renaissance. There is a cluster forming of writers in of all places Oklahoma. I wondered; What are they feeding these up and coming, and established writers. Well, I think they are learning craft from William Bernhardt.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Troy 06-19-14
    Troy 06-19-14

    I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!

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    "Simple, Yet Invaluable"

    I have thoroughly enjoyed every book thus far in this Red Sneakers Writing series. Bernhardt's tips are stripped down to basic common sense. The ideas are instantly executable. This series is invaluable.

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    Dave 08-29-15
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    The book starts with what felt like 14 quotes about keeping things simple. The author definitely did not make every word count. No substance here. Try "building great sentences" - much better.

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    Virginia California 08-18-15
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    "Extremely helpful and must read this one too"

    The series is by far my favorite along with Jenna Blum and Stein. I got so much out of each and every book in this series! They are a must read if you want to be an author or want to be a better author.

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    Teresa 02-04-15
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    "buy the set.the advice is invaluable."

    The Red Sneaker Books surpass anything else I have read on fiction writing. worth the money.

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    Victoria Provo, UT, United States 09-27-14
    Victoria Provo, UT, United States 09-27-14 Member Since 2008

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    Inspirational book on writing tight and correct way. I highly recommend it to everyone! Worth listening to again and again - just like the other books in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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