9780130257130

Writing with Style : Conversations on the Art of Writing

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    9780130257130

  • ISBN10:

    0130257133

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2000
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Summary

A storehouse of practical writing tips, written in a lively, conversational style. Readers lean to develop a "writer's sense" : the book demonstrates that writing is really applied psychology since it is essentially the art of creating desired effects. Provides an explanation of what effects are desirable and how to create them. An exceptional book that works successfully on several levels simultaneously.Provides new 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 banal style; how to punctuate with confidence; how to handle various conventions, and much more.For anyone who needs a reference guide on writing.

Table of Contents

A Word About These ``Conversations'' v
Preface to the Second Edition vii
Acknowledgments ix
Fundamentals
Thinking Well
3(10)
Getting Launched
13(12)
Openers
25(7)
Middles
32(17)
Closers
49(4)
Diction
53(11)
Readability
64(18)
Superstitions
82(12)
How to Write a Critical Analysis
94(5)
Revising
99(1)
Proofreading
100(5)
Odds & Ends
Punctuation
105(28)
Semicolons
105(6)
Commas
111(6)
Parentheses
117(3)
Dashes
120(6)
Colons
126(3)
Hyphens
129(3)
Exclamation points
132(1)
Quoting
133(16)
Punctuation introducing quotations
133(2)
Punctuation at the end of quotations
135(1)
Miscellaneous small points
136(1)
Indented quotations
137(3)
Orphan quotes
140(1)
Dialogue
141(2)
Punctuating run-on quotations of poetry
143(1)
References for quotations
144(1)
Punctuating paranthetical references
145(2)
Ellipses
147(1)
Editorial insertions (square brackets)
148(1)
Abbreviations
149(2)
Tips on Usage
151(9)
Epilogue
160(30)
Writers Talking Shop
Writers Talking Shop
165(25)
Sources 190(6)
Index 196

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