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The Heart and Craft of Writing Compelling Description: Selected Blog Posts from The Heart and Craft of Life Writing Paperback – April 5, 2013
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For over seven years Sharon Lippincott's highly acclaimed blog, "The Heart and Craft of Life Writing" has offered savvy advice and writing tips on all forms of life writing from polished memoir to raw scribbles in journals. She shares these insights in classrooms, both local and virtual, and coaches people who need help starting to write or restarting stalled projects.
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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.
I felt, somehow, that it can be good to someone, but for me I could only use about 10% of everything I have read.
The author, thought, was inspiring; she has a nice tone to her writing, which is joyful and fun. For that she’s got a point. I’d love to read some of her memoirs, if they are available for purchase here on Kindle.
Lippincott's book is useful for novices trying to develop powerful description as well as seasoned writers who welcome review.
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.
As you read and absorb the wealth of information about writing extraordinary prose, you pat yourself on the back for finding such a valuable and practical tool to enhance your writing skills. Then you turn the page to reveal the serendipitous bonus: The Heart and Craft of Writing Compelling Description includes magic spells. Yes, magic spells. Used correctly, Lippincott's magic can transform your writing from "mundane to magnificent" by showing you a new and fascinating way to see -- and describe -- people, places, and emotions. With practice, you too will learn to cast these spells to brighten your dingy writing with living color, energize your words, and breathe life into your stories.
Lippincott's friendly, conversational voice makes this book a comfortable read. The abundance of useful know-how will inspire you to delve in again and again. And you won't be able to resist practicing such effective magic. My copy of The Heart and Craft of Writing Compelling Description sits within reach on my writing table. I'll bet yours will too.