Several Short Sentences About Writing

Klinkenborg, Verlyn

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Several Short Sentences About Writing
A widely admired writer and teacher of writing, Verlyn Klinkenborg now gives us a distillation of that experience in an distinctive book that will help anyone who wants to write, write better, or have a clearer understanding of what it means for them to be writing. Klinkenborg believes that most of our received wisdom about how writing works is not only wrong but an obstacle to our ability to write. Here he sets out to help us unlearn that "wisdom"--about genius, about creativity, about writer's block, topic sentences, and outline--and understand that writing is just as much about thinking, noticing, and learning what it means to be involved in the act of writing. There is no gospel, no orthodoxy, no dogma in this book. Instead, it is a gathering of starting points in a journey toward lively, lucid, satisfying self-expression.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0307266346
Characteristics: 203 p. ;,21 cm


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Sep 26, 2013
  • Davidamartin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is a very important book for writers. Since childhood we have been inundated with endless classes on English, Grammar and Composition, and yet it has only served to make many of us poor writers (as far as entertaining fiction goes). Not proper grammar or getting that MFA isn't important, but once you know the rules it's time to get simple and take each sentence, each word step by step.

I found this book to reflect how I work within the craft of poetry, seeking the proper word and using only the truly necessary words for the style.

As a book focused more on "unlearning", Yoda would love this book, as the insert puts it : "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."


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