Several Short Sentences About Writing

Verlyn Klinkenborg

Several Short Sentences About Writing

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An indispensable and 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, from widely admired writer and teacher Verlyn Klinkenborg.

Klinkenborg believes that most of our received wisdom about how writing works is not only wrong but an obstacle to our ability to write. In Several Short Sentences About Writing, 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.

Several Short Sentences About Writing Quotes

“This is a book full of starting points. Perhaps they’ll help you find enough clarity in your own mind and your own writing to discover what it means to write. I don’t mean ‘write the way I do' or ‘write the way they do.' I mean ‘write the way you do.'”


“You can say smart, interesting, complicated things using short sentences. How long is a good idea? Does it become less good if it’s expressed in two sentences instead of one?”

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