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Publisher's Summary

Most of what you think you know about writing is useless. It's the harmful debris of your education - a mixture of half-truths, myths, and false assumptions that prevents you from writing well. Drawing on years of experience as a writer and teacher of writing, Verlyn Klinkenborg offers an approach to writing that will change the way you work and think. There is no gospel, no orthodoxy, no dogma in this book. What you'll find here isn't the way to write. Instead, you'll find a way to clear your mind of illusions about writing and discover how you write.

Several Short Sentences About Writing is a book of first steps and experiments. They will revolutionize the way you think and perceive, and they will change forever the sense of your own authority as a writer. This is a book full of learning, but it's also a book full of unlearning - a way to recover the vivid, rhythmic, poetic sense of language you once possessed.

An indispensable and unique book that will give you a clear understanding of how to think about what you do when you write and how to improve the quality of your writing.

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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superb advice from a superb writer

I first got hooked on Klinkenborg with his astonishing book "Timothy, or, Notes of an Abject Reptile" and went on to luxuriate in other works of his. The style he uses is deceptively simple but absolutely entrancing. I wanted to find out what makes it so powerful.. "Several Short Sentences About Writing" is about as close as one can get to decoding how a master storyteller constructs his prose. It is full of surprising advice that may well transform how you write. Even if you're not a writer, it will dramatically enrich how you read from now on.

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Go ahead. Download it.

A few things hit home. Like trusting your readers and not dumbing things down for them. Breaking out of the templates you were handed in school. And at the end, he actually goes through a bunch of sentences and explains what's wrong with them in layman terms. Hardly anyone does this in 'How to Write' books, though it seems requisite.

The only thing I really disagree with is the turning over of sentences in your head until you get them perfect before writing them down. He gives his reasons. I just disagree. The hardest thing about writing is just... writing. So throwing up on the paper is fine as long as you get it down. I would rather have a so-so short story completed that I never have time to revise to perfection, than nothing but the first two perfect paragraphs of said story. I rant.

Overall, would recommend as there are plenty of ideas to pick and choose from.

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Simple facts of mastering writing

Write and learn, at some point you may become good at it. This book makes that path believable.

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Meditations for Writers

If you are looking for a disco energy experience this is not the place to look. The presentation lends itself more to the meditative. It could almost be applied to a subliminal learning exercise. The author narrates with practically no emotion, but with authoritative conviction. As with other subliminal experiences, it will probably lend itself to multiple meditative exposures to gain the full benefit.

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A new way to think about writing

This audio book will give you a new way to look at your writing. Revision is writing. Writing is revision.

The examples at the end will help you to understand how to look at your sentences, pick apart the parts of speech, and realize the power of each word.

Top takeaways:
Use powerful verbs.
Revise as you write.
Unlearn most formal training.
Relearn to write as if the reader is reading between the lines.



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When you write essays, you are writing sentences. If the sentences are not clear, neither will your essays.

Beautifully written. Check out his other books. This book is helpful. Helpful. Helpful. I bought the hard copy as well and underlined the whole book.

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Highly recommended.

Great book and narrator. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in learning how to write concisely.

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Starts strong but dies off half way through.

I enjoyed the opening of this book. I think his thoughts on sentences were nearing the profound. Half way into it something in his style changes and it becomes preachy instead of hopeful.

Still, the book is worth reading if only for the first half.

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I can't belive I was listening to a book about writing instead of "how to start your meditation" or " how to become mindless and have a good sleep". I feel like i was reading a different book as of other high score reviews. To me, this book is much less informative than I expected. The slow and soft reading performance makes it even worse.
If you want to have a relax or doing yoga for your mind, goahead. If you are searching for how to write, go for other titles instead.

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Eloquent and Clear

This is nice. The author gave example toward the ending and discussed each sentence. It could have been shorter though.