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  • This book contains thousands of entries to help writers avoid bland or trite statements

    • by Kent Douglass

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      For anyone who needs a little nudge to overcome writer’s block or added punch for just the right description, “The Professional Writers’ Phrase Book” by Jean Kent might be just the remedy. This book contains thousands of entries to help writers avoid bland or trite statements.

      I have used this book on several occasions for a variety of reasons, which is

      obvious from the worked-over cover and the dog-eared pages. Although the book is intended for the professional writer, it is just as useful for other endeavors. I have used it for professional copywriting, but it has been useful to other members of the family as well. I don’t know how many of my sons’ high school and college papers have been directly influenced by the phrases found in the book. I have also made much use of the book in speech writing, and I use it when teaching classes. It can add a touch of flare to otherwise dull topics.

      Some of the themes covered in the book are anger, landscapes, personality traits, and many others. A few phrases found in the ...

      • The Professional Writers Phrase Book by Jean Kent
      book are: “he advanced with a portly waddle,” “crafted to endure both time and trend,” and “Los Angeles’s airport isn’t exactly an obscure filling station.” I never use the sentences or suggestions exactly as written, but I use them for opening my own creativity. For example, the “portly waddle” might become “conceited swagger,” or hundreds of other possibilities.

      The worst thing about

      the book is that it doesn’t cover enough topics. Some things are left out or not covered at all, like the subject of time. Not much is covered about past eras and the future. On the other hand, some subjects are a little overworked, like the 19 pages on sex, touching, kissing and lovemaking. Most writers don’t need that much help to conjure eroticism.

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