--Ursula K. Le Guin
Barbara Baig's Spellbinding Sentences is a tribute to the pleasure and vitality of the English language. Never prescriptive and always clear, this enlightening book is sure to help all those wishing to add grace and strength to their writing.
--Jane Brox, award-winning author of Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light
Spellbinding Sentences is sophisticated and down-to-earth at the same time. Barbara Baig has distilled decades of experience into this wise book.
--Edward Dolnick, New York Times bestselling author of The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece
Barbara Baig's exposition of 'sentence craft' is a wonderful and useful treatment for writers young and old, fiction and nonfiction, practical and personal. Here teachers and students will find a handy toolkit for developing the 'word mind,' whose achievement is the beginning of distinctive, effective prose.
--Mark Bauerlein, professor of English, Emory University, former director of Research and Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts, and author of the award-winning The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future
Spellbinding Sentences is a wonderfully clear, thoughtful and practical guide for any writer who wants to master the basic unit of our craft: the sentence. Barbara Baig explains the building-blocks of our language and the different ways they can be fitted together to create the effects that you want. This book will help any writer to move well beyond mere correctness, towards writing which is not just clear and accurate in meaning, but full of style and music as well.
--Emma Darwin, prizewinning UK author of The Mathematics of Love and A Secret Alchemy
From the Author
Many aspiring writers believe only the talented few can produce great sentences. But that isn't true. In the scientific field of expertise studies, researchers have shown that talent has little to do with building expertise; what counts is dedication to deliberate practice. Just like experts in other fields, you can build and develop your skills in writing craft through guided practice and imitating models of excellence.
I developed this skills-building program for students in an MFA program in creative writing. Now, in Spellbinding Sentences, I make it available to writers of all kinds. Here you'll be shown what to practice, and how to practice, as you take one step after another along the path to writing mastery. With mastery comes the confidence that you know what you're doing as you write and revise. That confidence is available to anyone willing to put time and energy into practicing skills.