The Book on Writing The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well

The Book on Writing The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well

The Book on Writing The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well ✐ The Book on Writing The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well pdf ✑ Author Paula LaRocque – Teaches the elements of good writing through the use of essential guidelines literary techniues and proper writing mechanics Teaches the elements of good on Writing Epub Ù writing through the use of essential guidelines literary techniues and proper writing mechanics.

10 thoughts on “The Book on Writing The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well

  1. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    The Book on Writing was recommended in an editing group I belong to With many good tips and numerous examples I’m glad I picked it up LaRocue breaks down the book into three sectionsPart one talks about writing mechanics and provides guidelines for good writing It looks at sentence structure word selection and active versus passive voice Part two is how to write the story well This section contains information on how speed bumps can disrupt the flow of the story; how you don’t want to give away too much at least not right away; and how carefully chosen words can create powerful images for the readerPart three closes by looking at some writing myths and some of the commonly asked uestions on writing grammar and punctuation Overall an informative read and a good book to add to your library

  2. Adam Wiggins Adam Wiggins says:

    I view The Book on Writing as the third member of the holy trinity consisting of On Writing Well and The Elements of Style aka Strunk White Like these other two exalted texts The Book on Writing is an advertisement for its own advice The 233 pages flew by despite what is arguably very dry subject matterA grab bag of my favorite points Clarity is everything Almost every aspect of good writing is built on the foundation of conveying your point clearly Sentences should be less than 20 words Vary sentence length within a paragraph Sentences should be uick silken and natural such that it is understandable on a first reading If the reader is inclined to go back to re read the sentence in order to puzzle out its meaning the writer has failed Writing should be direct and forceful One reason writers like to soften their message is if they aren't certain they're right But being right is also part of the writer's job If you find yourself wanting to pad your sentences with softening phrases maybe what you really need to do is re check your facts or your argument's logic A great bit I'll uote in full Diamond Jim became known and named for his tasteless display of jewelery When asked why he was so bedecked with gems he is said to have responded 'Them as has 'em wears 'em' The newly rich Brady didn't understand the fallacy of ostentatious display excess is vulgar or the paradox of good taste less is Good taste shows restraint and simplicity Them as has 'em wears just one or two but the right one or two The rest stay in the safe for another occasion Mimicry is the antithesis of freshness and originality in all craft and art Don't back into an opening sentence with a long subordinate clause This is incredibly common in formal writing for news articles or blog post Here's a backing in example Although the airline industry's attention right now is riveted upon simplifying fares and increasing profits some executives are calling for attention on safety standards People don't talk this way and you shouldn't write this way either Put the actor first Some airline executives are calling for attention on safety standards despite industry focus on simplifying fares and increasing profitsImagine two kids got into a fight on the playground One of them ran up to you crying and you ask what happened Does he say During an altercation on the playground today or does he say Billy hit meDon't back in get to the action immediately Avoid extremely totally completely entirely really etc And their counterparts uite rather slightly fairly somewhat Find the right single word for example gigantic instead of really big or tepid instead of somewhat warm Use bullet lists tables and graphics to break up text when suitable Similar to varying sentence length varying presentation keeps the reader engaged Build interest and suspense don't say everything At least don't say it right now Allusion makes the work bigger than itself since it salutes the world outside the work knowledge shared between writer and reader but not from the work itself Show don't tell The worst description I ever read was by a best selling novelist who sized up World War II this way 'The war was just terrible' Well yes Good description is fast spare specific and showing Weak description is is slow wordy vague abstract and telling Irony is essentially an incongruity between word and meaning between appearance and reality or between action and conseuence Almost any definition of irony short changes it however Irony is a detached subtle obliue product of intellect A zeugma is a phrase like She tossed back her hair her cloak and a jigger of whiskey Write Fast Edit Slow Those who love the arts can put up with a lot apparently but the thing even the most charitable audience cannot tolerate is boredom We finally cannot forgive slow That's because fast is interesting and slow is dull Write fast by doing plenty of prep assembling your main points an outline organizing notes so that you can burn through the first draft without stopping Don't check spelling grammar wording stop to check facts or take a tangent to research something or anything that interrupts your momentum Just write The rest can be done during editing Writing flaws become speedbumps that impair fast and therefore interesting reading Mistakes ill formed arguments odd word choices packing too much into sentences and excessive parenthetical material all impede the reader's flow Nothing gets in the way of getting to the point like not having a point Writing is so much a product of thinking that you cannot separate the two and shoddy thought necessarily results in shoddy writing Overusing literary devices can come across as an affectation For example starting sentences with connecting words like yet still but or indeed This factor largely put me off of this otherwise potentially interesting book

  3. Addy S. Addy S. says:

    Paula LaRoue is a brilliant lady Her insight and skills and guidance on writing well have helped me a lot While some of her advice was unhelpful to me at times it didn’t take away from the purpose of the book Mrs LaRoue you are a lifesaver rated 4 stars for some inappropriate sentences used as examples and for times the guidance wasn’t very helpfuluseful

  4. Brian Brian says:

    This book has a lot of useful writing suggestions Is it the ultimate book? No that's of a marketing thing But I will say it inspired me to write and with greater uality I think everyone should take pride in their daily lives; knowing how to convey verbal information clearly is important It's pretty easy to see how writing well is usefulThe last few chapters on grammar were a little dry true However all the other chapters were lively and engaging The advice given was accompanied by examples providing the reader with plenty of opportunities to make the ideas stick Educational inspirational and well written

  5. Morgan Morgan says:

    Another writing book Thought I was going to read a third one but I'll stop for now I'm reading these mainly for the fact I have writer's block These books might help my grammar my weakness I found this one easier to read than Elements of Style It doesn't read like a textbook and it has wit They are both eually as good and helpful

  6. Paul, Paul, says:

    I've read Paula's book several times now There is not much to it just 12 guidelines to writing well and lots of examples I love some of Paula's legal or political examples of bad writing I really wish we could hire about 10000 Paula LoRocue's to start going through our ridiculously wordy incomprehensibly obtuse legal system and translating our laws into clear understandable English The Constitution and its amendments meet that standard but I've seen precious few other examples LaRocue's genius is that each chapter is small and easy so that she can explain one rule fully and show a lot of before and after examples A few of her rules avoid jargon keep sentences short and cut wordiness Once again see our legal system for a primer on how to do the opposite This was a key book for me in college and when I began my professional writing career Once you've read this book a simple review of the table of contents is enough to refresh the ideas in your memory Paula also adds 10 principles of telling stories and three chapters on English mechanics I did not find these uite as helpful but they are still well written and may be helpful for some readers

  7. Rajiv Chopra Rajiv Chopra says:

    This is a wonderful book It is an enjoyable book This is also a difficult review to write because I am trying to imbibe and implement many of the lessons that she has given us in this book Its also an enjoyable book because of Paula's own writing style which is straight and direct There are no hidden tunnels that you need to find your way through to get to the message She lays out the principles and then gives examples of both good and bad writing This makes the book easy to read and follow The book is written so well that I could not really put it down It is like a thriller that you must keep reading and reading where you savour the words till the end It is a remarkable book and one that will help anyone who wants to be a better writer

  8. Kamryn Koble Kamryn Koble says:

    This piece of nonfiction inspired me to rethink the writing of my essays and emails let alone my fiction All in all a solid piece that I will continue to reference as I compose any sort of work This is good to have on hand for any fiction or academic writer looking to delve further than what English class teaches you about the actual craft of writing

  9. Catherine Catherine says:

    An interesting but pretty academic look at grammar I had some instruction on the use of subjective and objective pronouns from my extremely clever friend and ex colleague which made me realise that I was a little bit fuzzy on some of the rules In my defence she's a linguist and deals with grammar every dayIt also explains why Grammarly keeps telling me off for my use of the Oxford comma in their weekly roundup emails Which is not incorrect and is impacting my accuracy score It's written from an American perspective so there are differences in how they handle some things Oxford comma aside such as the use of singular and plurals words like 'faculty' or 'jury' being considered singular in US English and I'd consider pluralInteresting and will keep it as a reference Probably not light or casual reading for most people if you're not specifically interested in writing though

  10. Rajat Narula Rajat Narula says:

    A much recommended book on The first part of the book is uite basic Use simple words vary the length of sentences and the like The momentum picks up in the 2nd part where there is some insightful advice on building character building tension and the perennial showing vs telling There is nothing new about the advice but the examples bring it to life I enjoyed the Part 3 handbook on correct use of the language – there were plenty of surprises there

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