Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/12/10
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This bestselling brief text is for anyone who needs tips to improve writing.
Writing with Style is storehouse of practical writing tips—written in a lively, conversational style. This text provides insight into: how to generate interesting ideas and get them down on paper; how to write a critical analysis; how to write a crisp opener; how to invigorate a dull style; how to punctuate with confidence; how to handle various conventions—and much more.
Trimble's book is a breeze to read and fun as well. You'll pick up a lot without even trying. The examples are plentiful and interesting -- I've already added several of the quoted works to my reading list.
What you won't get is elitism. That's a great thing. I'm not fond of elitists, especially when they're wrong. John is neither.
Opening to a random page delivers the expected quality: "Two years ago it never occurred to him [a hypothetical student] to size up his audience, for two years ago he wasn't writing expressly for his reader; he was writing simply for himself. Now, though, persuasion is vital to him, so it's become part of his standard procedure to second-guess his reader's needs, taste, and level of sophistication."
The book is light, small, and easy to hold. It fits easily in a carry-on, or a side pocket, just in case you want some light reading on a trip. The title isn't embarrassing, either.
it's expensive because it's considered a textbook yet it pays for itself by saving money for not not buying several "so-so" or overly technical writing reference guides.
i bought this book for my daughter, niece and nephew when they began college.