- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; New edition edition (August 15, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582970254
- ISBN-13: 978-1582970257
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Rebecca McClanahan's tenth book, The Tribal Knot, a multi-generational memoir, is forthcoming from Indiana University Press in 2013. Other books include The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, winner of the Glasgow Prize in nonfiction, and Deep Light: New and Selected Poems. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize anthology, The Kenyon Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Sun, and numerous anthologies. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize in fiction and the Wood Prize from Poetry, McClanahan teaches in the MFA programs of Queens University and Rainier Writing Workshop.
Please visit her website at www.mcclanmuse.com
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Top Customer Reviews
The book contains many Writing exercises, and i Think those are really good. If you use them, your "Writing Engine" will start working and you might write really good stuff.
Also, the author of this book has her own voice; this isnt just a flat out "how to"- guide - it's really personal and enjoyable. You dont just learn things from it, but you really like Reading it too.
5 stars for this book because of all this!
I recommend it to ANY aspiring writer. It's a must-have!
On the contrary, I find that a cute metaphor. Fleming, I suggest, deliberately takes the literal knees---a few inches distant from the metaphorical heels--and gives us a deliciously contradictory image: imagine a knee having its own Achilles' heel--meaning its own peculiar hydraulic weakness. Great! Love it, Ian!
In the margin of my copy, I wrote "I disagree".
Sorry I've only just got to know of this fine book, apparently published a decade or more ago.
Congratulations to the author. The best description about description.
I picked up on new tips to good writing. Also, I loved a presentation of different forms of figurative speech (many other books just mention metaphors and similes).
She did include things that are known to writers who studied the craft but illuminated each part from another angle.
Each chapter at the end included some helpful hints that you can apply in your writing.
It's a great guide for new novelists or the ones that would like a review in an interesting voice.