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One Part Writing Book. Two Gallons of Humor.
Brain Like Twain uses insight and anecdotes from Mark Twain's life and work habits to reveal his secrets, so you can mimic the master and improve your own writing skills in 30 days.
Plus, more than 50 of Twain’s best quotes to entertain and impress your friends.
Fun & Easy Tip-A-Day Format
There’s a one-page lesson for each day of the month – and 10 Bonus Tips for chronic overachievers.
By unlocking the Brain of Twain, you’ll discover how to:
• Paint pictures with your words.
• Incite fury with your verbs.
• Create characters that make readers feel like they're actually in the story.
At the end of each chapter, a “Brain Like Twain” assignment allows writers, students, and teachers (who must tame those little rascals) to apply the lessons they learned from Twain.
Even common writing advice takes on new meaning in the context of Twain’s insight and humor.
Perfect Gift For Any Twain-iac
Entertaining read. Awesome classroom supplement.
Brain Like Twain makes the perfect gift for any Twain-iac – or anyone who has ever needed to construct a sentence.
“I loved the humor and simplicity of the lessons. Other books on writing are very complicated and require so much time investment that my brain tends to melt.”
Mary Jo Stresky
Editor, The Write MoJo Literary Services
"Brain Like Twain’s structure makes for an easy read, and is fantastic fun for lovers of all things Twain."
Author, Something Startling Happens:
“Readers will enjoy anecdotes about Twain’s personal life and work habits, as well as Lloyd’s own sense of humor speckled throughout the narratives.”
Writer – Purdue University
Order BRAIN LIKE TWAIN today and improve your own writing skills in the next 30 days with the help of history’s greatest writing instructor…the Brain of Twain.
File Size: 1697 KB
Print Length: 104 pages
Publication Date: December 17, 2013
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
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Fun facts from Mark Twain’s life + exercise for the reader
on January 14, 2018
By Ali Julia
This book was not exactly what I expected, but it grew on me. Each chapter starts with a quote from Mark Twain himself, then the authors describes some episode from Mark Twain’s life, and end the chapter with one paragraph exercise in some form related to the story in that chapter: he might ask you to re-write a story many times or ask you to write many pages without worrying if the content is good or not. The fun facts from Mark Twain’s life made the book fun for me.
practical advice like this one does
on December 7, 2017
As a humor writer, it is rare to find a book that gives clear, practical advice like this one does. When that advice uses quotes and experiences from America’s best known and most loved humorists, well it is a true treasure. If you want to better understand the craft of humor writing and enjoy spending time with the master, you have to read this great book.
Expected in-depth textual analysis, but still found technique gems
One person found this helpful.
on March 11, 2014
David Andrew Lloyd presents 40 practical writing exercises in the context of Samuel Clemens’ own literary life. Many lesson exercises may not be startlingly new, although there were a few that I hadn’t previously consciously considered and greatly appreciated, yet even trite techniques (i.e. writing in a daily journal… daily) breathe in new vigor as Lloyd draws them from Clemens’ personal history and style. The book is divided into short, digestible sections prefaced by pithy quotes and is a worthy addition to both writing instructional and Twain afficiondo collections alike.
I found this book to be both helpful and very entertaining!
on March 23, 2014
By Lisa Tortorello
David Andrew Lloyd makes writing fun in his book Brain Like Twain – 30 skills in 30 days. He uses Mark Twain’s wit, sarcasm, and struggles, to give writers specific exercises to complete to help improve their writing. Because Lloyd includes many fun facts and quotes from Mark Twain, I read through the whole book quickly. Now, I am going to go back, re-read,and complete one writing skill at at time.
on May 8, 2014
By Laurie P. Shaffer
Good book for writers. Lots of good tips for people who are writing books. Not so interesting as a novel. It is better for a writing class as a textbook.
Fun, Entertaining and Helpful Book
on March 25, 2014
By Amazon Customer
What a unique way to get the creative juices flowing! Even if you’re not a writer, the info about Mark Twain is sure to produce a smile or two. The author has come up with an entertaining and helpful book. And, I never cease to appreciate one that is well-edited like this one is; it eliminates distractions for the reader of typos that break continuity flow.
A fun, informative and easy read
on August 15, 2016
David knows writing and he knows Mark Twain! This book has provided me with a lot of helpful tips in my personal writing ventures.
… while addressing serious subjects and David Andrew Lloyd’s Brain Like Twain is showing me the way
on January 28, 2016
By Terri Joy Holmes
I was searching for a writing style to use while addressing serious subjects and David Andrew Lloyd’s Brain Like Twain is showing me the way. Thank you D.L. Lloyd.
If you are a Mark Twain fan at all, even a little, just read this!
on May 28, 2014
By Kindle Customer
Excellent book, excellent quotes used… and Mark Twain writing as if he wrote it himself!!
One person found this helpful.
on March 6, 2014
By annie m
An entertaining and quick read. Not so quick if you actually do each exercise before you read further. Even just contemplating one of the lessons is valuable to a writer. I’m glad I read it.
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