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Word Magic for Writers: Your Source for Powerful Language That Enchants, Convinces and Wins Readers

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Book by Rogers, Cindy
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 25th 2005 by The Writer's Bookstore (first published September 1st 2004)
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J. Dorner
There is quite a bit of information in this book which I have previously used and been called out by editors for daring to put in a manuscript. On the other hand, this book defines what those methods and such are in a well-done way. Proceed with caution if you are above an eighth grade writing competency level.

Antimetabole, repetition of identical words, is often a frowned upon practice. Antiphrasis is used in every mob-fiction story I've ever encountered, as they all have a character named "Ti
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J.L. Slipak
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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Maggie Lyons
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Word Magic for Writers by Cindy Rogers is not just a must-read for writers seeking to polish their craft. It is a great resource for book readers who want to understand more fully what makes a book well-written, what helps to increase the power of that book's language. Ms. Rogers describes in detail the devices, word choices, and techniques that "leave a lasting impression." You may not know exactly why you admire a certain book, but Word Magic for Writers will help to define the qualities of th ...more
Christopher Dean
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books out there on improving writing skills. I learned so much about many different literary devices that it freed me to write the way I really wanted to write. I also gained an understanding and intentional way of looking at paragraphs, opening and closing sentences and how to be poetic in a field of mass commercial fiction. This has become a must read for me every year in January and it is the shelf that is closest to my computer. I use this book probably as much as I d ...more
Bad Tim
Apr 14, 2008 rated it liked it
This book got to be tedious by the end. I expected it to be more advanced, but it's basically written at a high-school level. It's well-written, I suppose, but the text is interrupted by pointless excercises in sidebars that don't correspond to breaks in the body of the text. Many of the quotes she chose as examples were confusing and unclear or stretched the rules she was presenting to such an extent that they were irrelevant. It includes more bible quotes than the quality of that particular pi ...more
Diane Ramirez
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All wanna be writers and anyone who writes
Shelves: writing-books
This book has been on my writing shelf for to many years, each year I resign to crack it open and finish it. The book is great thus far and provides exercises for the reader to strengthen their writing craft. What I need to do is block off an hour each day and "just do it!"

To me the book is like being in a classroom and requires attention and thinking, thinking, thinking. It is a well thought out book and I differently would recommend this to any writer who wants to improve their craft.
Sonia Bellhouse
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't think this is a book to read all at once. It is advice to absorb and use over time. A book for reference , to keep dipping into and refreshing your writer's mind.
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