Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 25th 2005 by The Writer’s Bookstore (first published September 1st 2004)
Original Title: Word Magic for Writers
ISBN: 1889715247 (ISBN13: 9781889715247)
Edition Language: English
MY BOOK REVIEW:
Wow! Where to start?
This book is such a good resource tool for writers. Writers who feel they know all there is to writing are missing out. This book is so full of important information with writing examples to back up that information so even the most informed and savvy writer would benefit from owning this book.
The author discusses the alchemy of language in her introduction that makes you think and nod your head at her ingenious insights. She continues on to break language down by discussing devices, from alliteration to zeugma. The devices she covers includes sound devices to enhance a title or sentence. She discusses how writers love to list, which is true, especially about fiction writers, and she shows how this list is comprised usually of a magical three: a visual, aural, and symbolic appeal. To show this, she begins with asyndeton, which is a series without a conjunction, for example: “Charlotte’s Web,” by E.B. White. In this story, E.B. White made a list of interesting items loved by rats, pigs, and a girl. Included in this section, is a discussion about creating an effect of multiplicity by using just a few words. Along the way, the author provides tips or things to remember such as what coordinating conjunctions are.
The author approaches the subject of trigger words and punctuation, providing exercises to clarify her thoughts and once again, you’ll find tips to help you understand her thoughts. When she moves on to discuss polysyndetons, here and there and everywhere, to further discuss the sense of multiplicity in a seemingly opposite direction to asyndeton, she provides more examples that help to make her thoughts clear and precise.
You get discussions regarding parallelism for balance with examples and tips to bring her point to a conclusion. At the end of the chapter, she writes her conclusions for you to ponder over.
This author also discusses contrast, exaggeration and emphasis, by showing how opposites attract, the negative use of excessively over using exaggeration and offering tips to add more writing devices for your ‘magic toolbox.’
There’s a section in this book that goes into word choices and writing techniques to create vivid images for readers by using vibrant words. She offers her point of view on wordiness as opposed to fewer words to say more and goes into your choices effecting implication and your writing style.
She talks about hooking your reading audience, how to grab their attention through titles and headlines and the importance of creating memorable openings. In the end, Cindy Rogers shows you how to leave a lasting impression with your reader.
I absolutely loved this book and the helpful information contained inside. Although many of the books I’ve reviewed as author tools, speak about grammar, this book aims more at writing novels/stories and is written with the idea that the reader knows something already about grammar and the basics of writing.
An excellent resource for your shelf. I have the 2004 edition of this book. There are more current editions out there. One day soon, I’ll donate this book when I find a more current edition. I understand that the information is relatively the same.
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