Writing with Style : Conversations on the Art of Writing

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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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 World About These "Conversations"p. v
Preface to the Second Editionp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Thinking Wellp. 3
Getting Launchedp. 13
Openersp. 25
Middlesp. 32
Closersp. 49
Dictionp. 53
Readabilityp. 64
Superstitionsp. 82
How to Write a Critical Analysisp. 94
Revisingp. 99
Proofreadingp. 100
Odds and Ends
Punctuationp. 105
Semicolonsp. 105
Commasp. 111
Parenthesesp. 117
Dashesp. 120
Colonsp. 126
Hyphensp. 129
Exclamation pointsp. 132
Quotingp. 133
Punctuation introducing quotationsp. 133
Punctuation at the end of quotationsp. 135
Miscellaneous small pointsp. 136
Indented quotationsp. 137
Orphan quotesp. 140
Dialoguep. 141
Punctuating run-on quotations of poetryp. 143
References for quotationsp. 144
Punctuating parenthetical referencesp. 145
Ellipsesp. 147
Editorial insertions (square brackets)p. 148
Abbreviationsp. 149
Tips on Usagep. 151
Epiloguep. 160
Writers Talking Shop
Writers Talking Shopp. 165
Sourcesp. 190
Indexp. 196
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