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Several Short Sentences about Writing (utgåvan 2013)

av Verlyn Klinkenborg (Autor)

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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.… (mer)
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Titel:Several Short Sentences about Writing
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A few things hit home. Like trusting your readers and not dumbing things down for them. Breaking out of the templates you were handed in school. And at the end, he actually goes through a bunch of sentences and explains what's wrong with them in layman terms. Hardly anyone does this in 'How to Write' books, though it seems requisite.

The only thing I really disagree with is the turning over of sentences in your head until you get them perfect before writing them down. He gives his reasons. I just disagree. The hardest thing about writing is just... writing. So throwing up on the paper is fine as long as you get it down. I would rather have a so-so short story completed that I never have time to revise to perfection, than nothing but the first two perfect paragraphs of said story. I rant.

Overall, would recommend as there are plenty of ideas to pick and choose from. Not that it matters to anyone, but I listened to the Audible Audiobook, though that edition was not listed. ( )
  shawndotbailey | Jan 11, 2022 |
On the cover of this book, there is a blurb from the New York Journal of Books: “Best book on writing. Ever.”

It’s an excellent example of the Klinkenborg’s advocacy for the power of short sentences. Even if it is, perhaps, a bit hyperbolic.

This is a book I am going to read again. I think it will take a second and third reading to maximize the potential benefits.

Klinkenborg offers a philosophy of writing and it is a lot to absorb in one reading.

One of his main points is that aspiring writers write too soon. They’re too anxious to get something on the page. Even if it sucks. He counsels that writers should have more patience. Think about each sentence, don’t put something down as a placeholder so you can get on to the next sentence.

I’ve been trying to do that. Spend less time stressing on number of words and more time thinking about what it is I’m trying to accomplish.

When I win some major writing award. Or secure an agent. Or find a publisher. I’ll let you know if his ideas have helped.

It is probably a truism that we tend to like books and essays where we agree with the author, so I’m not sure everyone will love this books as much as I did. But I did.

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  LenJoy | Mar 14, 2021 |
To be dipped into as needed. I use the book as a refresher and a pick me up. Super smart and matter-of-fact. ( )
  MaximusStripus | Jul 7, 2020 |
An interesting and useful book that, despite its brevity, is too long.

The affectation of short lines (each sentence is its own paragraph) makes it difficult to read, even though it is not a difficult book.

There are some beautiful sentences in the book. My copy is thick with underlining.

The book is for a college-level writer who has been taught to outline, to develop an idea logically with clear transitions, know her audience and the conventions of her genre, and be aware of where she is going from the first sentence. Klinkenborg will have none of that: You should start with the first sentence and go on from there, he says. And then, "Out of all the possibilities created by the first sentence, / Make a second sentence, full of possibilities, even disconnected ones." (102)

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  dmturner | Jun 29, 2020 |
I only got to page 47 before this got too annoying to finish. There may be gems in there; I'm not willing to swallow that much dirt to get to them.
  hopeevey | May 20, 2018 |
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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.

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