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Creative Writing : For People Who Cant Not Write [Paperback]

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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.22" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 21, 1989
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310253217  
EAN  9780310253211  
UPC  025986253219  


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Crammed with crucial facts, ideas, and warnings never before brought together into clear focus, this guide is not only fun to read, but also work-boots practical. Not only inspiring, but pinch-penny accurate. Not only optimistic, but report-card candid. Not only kindly, but tattle-tale frank. It is an energizing tonic for writers' weary brain cells.

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Crammed with crucial facts, ideas, and warnings never before brought together into clear focus, this guide is not only fun to read, but also work-boots practical. Not only inspiring, but pinch-penny accurate. Not only optimistic, but report-card candid. Not only kindly, but tattle-tale frank. It is an energizing tonic for writers' weary brain cells. Every writer is important. Creative Writing for People Who Can't Not Write is a book for every writer. Topics in this lively blend of advice, inspiration, and scholarly wit include: - the wonder of creativity - getting published, paid, and read - why writing should be impossible - how to avoid looking foolish in print - a sugar-coated history of the whimsical, word-rich English language - the nature of poetry - the sixteen writer-type temperaments - reflections from contemporary writers on their work - a first-ever collation of pages of advice from C.S. Lewis. Lewis once wrote to Lindskoog, "If you understand me so well, you will understand other authors, too." Writers who read Creative Writing for People Who Can't Not Write will agree with Lewis' assessment of Kathryn Lindskoog's insight into the writing life. And this book also passes Lindskoog's own test: "A good writer is a graceful guest in a reader's brain."

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kathryn Lindskoog is a prolific writer, teacher, and literary critic. She is probably best known for her book C. S. Lewis: Mere Christian, an examination of the work of Lewis, who wrote to her, You know my work better than anyone else I ve met: certainly better than I do myself. Among her twenty-one other books are Creative Writing for People Who Can t Not Write and the three-volume Dante s Divine Comedy: Journey to Joy. The mother of two grown children, she lives in California with her husband.
Ranelda Mack Hunsicker, a former elementary and high school teacher, is now a freelance writer of books and articles and a staff writer for Chuck Swindoll s Insight for Living ministry. She has written five books, including In God We Trust: Stories of Faith in American History (with Tim Crater), The Hidden Price of Greatness (with Ray Beeson) and a biography of David Brainerd. She and her husband live in California."

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"Hillhillhill" Hill ???  Aug 10, 2005
I don't agree with the following explanation for the English place name Torpenhow Hill on page 105:
"In England there is to this day a place called Torpenhow Hill. That name shows the four layers of British habitation up to this point in our story. "Tor" is the oldest, a pre-Celtic (possibly Iberian) word meaning "hill" Pen is Celtic for "hill" How is from Danish haugr, which means "hill" And of course Hill is English. So it is that Torpenhow Hill means "Hillhillhill" Hill."
I think it is more likely Torpenhow Hill means a "Cottage on a Hill" since torp means cottage in Swedish and Danish; this word was introduced by the Vikings to England.
 
Effective presentation of truth has consequences. Prepare.  Dec 28, 1998
Lindskoog, commended by author C.S.Lewis for her clarity of insight and style, writes to help writers relay the in-formed (in the original sense of the word) teachings of experience, mind and heart. "The world," she says, "has enough suffering in it without unsuccessful writing."

Bad writing is marked by confusion and waste. It ranges from the $2 million spent annually by a telephone equipment firm to explain its incomprehensible instruction manuals, to bending the written word to serve political ploy or commercial greed. Using this book we can convert business, legal, political, academic, sports or any other jargon into clear prose. This is a skill, notes Lindskoog, which can either land us a great job or get us fired.

Creative Writing warns against confusing successful writing with material gain. The enduring reward is the hard-won triumph that comes from knowing how to use words to break through the Jericho walls of indifference, ignorance, and hostility thrown up against truth. When writing is powerful enough to make people think, the author--be it South African playwright Athol Fugard or a mother organising her neighborhood against drug pushers--risks suffering the consequences. Sometimes the only reward is the knowledge that the written word founded in truth is stronger than censorship, assassinations, and threats.

Lindskoog and 30 guest contributors--including science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, Melvin Maddocks of Christian Science Monitor fame, historians, poets, and scientists--offer practical details for buttressing truth with the written word. Each chapter concludes with mind-food exercises designed to combat the spreading epidemic of bad writing, that "fungus infection that seems to thrive in the warm, damp atmosphere of schools."

Readers, like driven cattle, says C.S. Lewis in his chapter of advice, are inclined to escape through unguarded gates. This book is now guarding gates for friends of mine: a scientist leavening his work for the popular press; a lay preacher who has found fresh inspiration for his sermons; a theology student who submits his assignments with greater confidence to rigorous scrutiny; and an English teacher/playwright/story teller who announced his maiden publication for children with a run of 10,000 copies.

Truthful writing can be successful.

A review by S. E. Cregier

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