Writing with Style Conversations on the Art of Writing

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/10/2010
  • Publisher: Pearson

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A concise, witty, practical book on style that is as entertaining as it is genuinely instructive.

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.

This textbook describes a remarkably effective method for generating ideas and converting them into coherent prose. It helps students overcome difficulty with generating ideas and developing these ideas in their writing. It also specifies the all-important fundamentals of good writing–Then explains with wit and common sense precisely why these elements are so fundamental.

This bestselling brief text is for anyone who needs tips to improve writing.

Table of Contents

C ontents


A Word About These “Conversations”

Preface to the Third Edition




Chapter 1: Thinking Well


Chapter 2: Getting Launched


Chapter 3: Openers


Chapter 4: Middles


Chapter 5: Closers


Chapter 6: Diction


Chapter 7: Readability


Chapter 8: Superstitions


Chapter 9: Critical Analysis: Jousting with Mencken


Chapter 10:  Dramatizing Your Ideas


Chapter 11: Revising


Chapter 12: Proofreading

    Odds and Ends


Chapter 13: Punctuation







    Exclamation points 


Chapter 14: Quoting 

    Punctuation introducing quotations

    Punctuation at the end of quotations 

    Miscellaneous small points 

    Indented quotations 

    Orphan quotes 


    Punctuating run-on quotations of poetry 

    References for quotations 

    Punctuating parenthetical references 


    Editorial insertions (square brackets)


Chapter 15: Abbreviations


Chapter 16: Tips on Usage 


Chapter 17: Epilogue 




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excellent for both class and as a reference March 15, 2011
This textbook is easy and fun to read, as well as really educational. The author covers all aspects of writing, including grammar, and usually when I see a section on grammar in such a book I skip over it, but not in this case. I love this textbook. I am a law student and this book has helped me to become a more effective writer. I have recommended it to many colleagues and will continue to do so. It's definitely not a text book that you read and forget.
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