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

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

by Barbara Baig

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ISBN-13: 9781599639154
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 08/07/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 572,184
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Barbara Baig is a writer whose passion is teaching writing. She created the position of Writing Instructor at The Divinity School at Harvard University, where she taught for two decades. She now teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University, one of the top-rated low-residency programs in the country, and for the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. She offers free writing lessons at www.WhereWritersLearn.com and is the author of How to Be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play , also from Writer's Digest Books.

Table of Contents

Welcome 1

Section 1 The Mastery Path

1 Mastering the Craft 7

2 Claiming Your Power: Learning Through Practice 14

3 The Basic Sentence Craft Practices 24

Section 2 The Power of Diction: Choosing Words 32

4 The Word Hoard 35

5 Making Meaning 45

6 The Qualities of Words 55

7 The Language of the Imagination 71

Section 3 The Power of Function: What Words Do 95

8 Parts of Speech 98

9 Making Phrases 136

Section 4 The Power of Syntax: Ordering Words 153

10 Making Spells: The Magic of Sentences 156

11 Elaborating the Basic Sentence 179

12 Extending the Basic Sentence 211

Section 5 The Power of Composition: Putting It All Together 232

13 Making Sentences Move 234

14 Writing in Rhythm 251

Section 6 Using Your Power 275

15 Power and Responsibility 276

Appendix 286

For Further Reading 286

Acknowledgments 288

Notes 289

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saradippity More than 1 year ago
Wow. I just bought this yesterday and it is packed with fantastic exercises. I can tell this will take me a few months to go through. It starts with variations on freewriting that help you open up the ability for beautiful words to come out, then focused freewriting so you can explore certain subjects, audiences, and character points of view. It shows you not just how to expand your words, but make them more likely to come to mind when you actually go to write sentences. The book goes on with exercises to enhance your ability to come up with beautiful phrases using specific parts of speech and moves on to constructing sentences with variety and intrigue. The last parts of the book help you pull all of this together into compositions with rhythm and variation. I may have only done a few exercises so far, but I'm hooked. Barbara Baig doesn't even seem to mention how this will help you overcome writer's block, but I'm thinking I won't be facing that issue anytime soon. It's nice to see simple freewriting exercises result in something more poetic and refined than simple word vomit.