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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
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
Chapter 14: Quoting
Punctuation introducing quotations
Punctuation at the end of quotations
Miscellaneous small points
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