The Heart and Craft of Writing Compelling Description: Selected Blog Posts from The Heart and Craft of Life Writing 1st Edition
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- Item Weight : 10.1 ounces
- Paperback : 152 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1482779498
- ISBN-13 : 978-1482779493
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.38 x 9 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st Edition (April 5, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,172,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The examples in the text are full of vibrant life, and while it seems like this book is intended for memoir writers, it applies to people who write fiction as well.
I plan to keep this book on my shelf, and when I need inspiration, I will go to the table of contents, and pick and choose what I want to review.
On a final note, each chapter encourages you to write with a small exercise.
Lippincott's book is useful for novices trying to develop powerful description as well as seasoned writers who welcome review.
Author Sharon M. Lippincott likes the word savor - a perfect word for this book. It's one to be savored throughout all your writing endeavors no matter in which genre you write: nonfiction, life story, memoir, fiction. You'll find what you're looking for to help you write better descriptions in this book.
This wonderful resource is an anthology of Author Sharon Lippincott's posts from her blog, The Heart and Craft of Life Writing. She says,
"I find the topic of writing description endlessly fascinating and will continue to explore and post about it as long as my fingers keep moving. Meanwhile, use the tips in this anthology to practice writing and stretching your imagination. Your writing will build stronger connections with readers and lift them aloft on the wings of vivid, effective description."
Other reviewers have quoted their favorite passages from this book. Here is mine from the section on looking closely:
"...if you look across an expanse of meadow, you primarily see an even green field. But drop to your knees with a magnifying glass, and look closely. You'll see blades of grass growing in different directions and an infinite variety of shades of green. Some grass is glossy and other types are a bit rough and `fuzzy.' You may see clover, a few dandelions, some oxalis, or plantains. You may see buzzing bees, gnats, ants or ladybugs. Smell the scent of loam, or the cow pies nearby. Feel the sunshine on your shoulders and the coolness of the damp earth. Up close, that meadow is a busy, fascinating place, full of life, sensations and fascinating reminders to write...with scintillating description."
Isn't that a great word - scintillating? But I'll bet Sharon will tell you to avoid using it when writing description. She'll ask you to write down the details to show what you see, as she does in the paragraph above, instead of using telling descriptive words like scintillating, sparkling, amazing, awesome. In this book, she shows you how. And I predict you'll have lots of fun learning.
I'm writing a novel now. The Heart and Craft of Writing Compelling Description will stay by my side until I'm finished.
I was immediately absorbed in this book. I am lifelong lover of words and phrases and I felt this book struck a chord with me from the very first chapter. As far as books on the craft of writing, this is profound--flawless in fact. Description is one of the hardest things for an author to master, and Sharon elaborates on the topic in such a friendly, entertaining manner.
There is one passage that I could not wait to share in particular. It struck me like a lightening bolt. "One of the best workshops a writer can take is found between the covers of books, and if you have a library card the admission is absolutely free." How many hours have I sat and wondered if I attended this or that seminar if I would be able to improve my craft? Countless. But this made me stop and think, other than writing, reading is my favorite pastime--why did I not realise how much my writing benefits from it?
Throughout this book, Sharon enables the reader to stop and consider what she has said in each chapter by putting it into action with a "write now" prompt. These were all excellent and not only made me want to stop right then and there and write, but gave me much to consider later on, long after I finished the book.
I also loved that she showed examples throughout this guide of how one can improve their writing by choosing to make the sentence structure better, I have a problem with using adverbs too often and not using the most bare bones version I can in my own writing, so the tips and tricks on how to build more beautiful passages were both exciting for me and useful. My writing will undoubtedly benefit.
Whether you are a fiction writer or a non-fiction writer, this book will be a very useful tool in your writer's library. I honestly cannot recommend this book enough to anyone who is just starting out and to those who are veterans looking to improve their craft. It was, in a word--amazing.