If you want to improve your writing, start at the basic level: words and sentences.

M.A. Lee offers the essential guidebook for enhancing your words and sentences. Discovering Sentence Craft covers figurative and structural elements, from metaphors and symbols to anaphora and satire. The guidebook is A to Z, auxesis to zeugma.

What more could you want? Find it here.
Cover offers the A to Z options!

 

What is Sentence Craft?

And why do I need to discover it?

Are those your questions

when you look at Discovering Sentence Craft?

Maybe the following will Give the answers to those questions.

In the forests of words that we writers grow, blazed trails mark the way to our destination. Without those trails, without paths leading down to sun-sparkled streams, without the yellow brushstroke painted on tree after tree, we might lose our direction and our sanity.

Reading through that opening paragraph, most writers will recognize the extended hiking metaphor. Many will spot inversion and alliteration. A few will appreciate the anaphora and auxesis and zeugma, even when not familiar with those terms.

This is Sentence Craft. Controlled use creates appreciative readers. Over-blown use drives readers away.

  • Sentence Craft—from easy imagery to involved structures—is essential for the poet.
  • Bloggers and other nonfiction writers will find it a marketing tool, distinguishing them from their competition.
  • Speech writers and great broadcast journalists use these devices to make their spoken words become memorable.
  • With fiction, writers paint expositions and settings and character tags, capturing readers who may not even recognize the sweeping stroke of the magical wand.

Discovering Sentence Craft is for writers new and old. For newbies, word-tricks can be fascinating ventures into an unknown forest. These tricks can renew a veteran writer’s love of words and sentences flowing onto the page.

In small offerings, of course. Too many tricks glaze our readers’ eyes.

Discovering Sentence Craft covers figurative and interpretive concepts as well as the structural elements that build meaning, emphasis, and memory.

Concepts

I: Figurative

II: Interpretive

Structures

III: Inversion

IV: Repetition

V: Opposition

VI: Sequencing

Writer M.A. Lee believes writing is a skill-based craft which can be learned and practiced. Artists learn composition, perspective, depth, proportion, and shading. A baseball player learns in-field and out-field, pitching vs. throwing, batting and bunting. An electrician learns reading blueprints, voltage and current, circuits, outlets, and panels.

A writer needs much more than grammar and spelling. Reading widely, Discovering Sentence Craft concepts and structures, and practicing them will open doors for anyone who wants to improve.

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2015 October 21. That’s the anniversary date for the publication of the first three books by M.A. Lee, the Game set.

View the trailers through these links.

Game of Secrets trailer

Game of Spies trailer

Watch the Game of Hearts trailer.

 

Over at Writers Ink Services, the blog series on 13 Bits of Advice to Start Writing in ending. The final blog is focused on the hardest problem all writers face. Newbie, Wannabe, Gonnabe, and Be ~ all writers struggle with one simple thing :: How to Keep Writing.

Writers Ink has a few resources for writers. While some are directed specifically for newbies, they are excellent guides for writers anywhere in their journey.

Writers Resources

from Writers Ink

To gain a professional writer’s perspective, Writers Ink as the Think like a Pro Writer series.

Think like a Pro

 

The first book in the series, Think  like a Pro, presents 7 lessons to change your mindset from hobby writer to professional writer.

The book is available in two editions (different covers) and in paperback or electronic: 

the guiding lamp  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DYJDY5S/

or the floral https://www.amazon.com/Think-like-Pro-Advent-Writers/dp/1983247685/

 

Think / Pro Planner

The Think/Pro Planner for daily word counts and project tracking  Also available in two editions to match the Think like a Pro guidebook

Guiding lamp https://www.amazon.com/Think-Pro-Planner-M-Lee/dp/1983248673/

Floral https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1983248592/

Think/Pro is only available in paperback. How else are you going to plan projects, track word counts, note down meetings and daily events, and highlight successes!

 

Discovering

Discovering Your Novel, everything you need to know to write your first novel or to rescue those story ideas that never turned into completed manuscript. Designed to write your novel in a year and set up in a weekly format, with Charts!  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PYYM2LG/

Discovering Your Characters, just published! Everything you need to know to develop engaging characters, from archetypes to angst, couple bonds to team roles, and much, much more. A reference for your writing shelf!

The Discovering set will continue with Three more books.

  • Discovering Your Plot will be this fall.
  • Discovering Sentence Craft will be for the holidays.
  • and Discovering Your Author Brand will be for the New Year, to start 2020 off as Your Writing Year!