Style ten lessons in clarity and grace

Paperback , pages. Or maybe even better. Emphasizes the importance of style in writing for a global audience. It is a practical, disciplined text that is also a pleasure to read.

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Williams sidesteps the paralyzing imperatives for pre- and mid-writing processes and skips right to rewriting, walking through the revision process on a sentence level.

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This book consists of 8 parts: The approach in this text comes in response to, and in some ways falls short of, the seminal Elemen A Rather Expensive Guide with Little Unique Content Though well written--a prerequisite for a style book--I wasn't blown away by this guide's content.

How do we revise a sentence so that readers will think better of it? The principles of style that encourage writers to ask questions about their own prose are presented, such as: Get updates Get updates.

Instead, it gives writers more options for writing in a gender-neutral style. Besides, use hedging words that qualify certainties of your opinions sparingly, and avoid intensifiers as far as possible. Never miss a story from Web Notebookwhen you sign up for Medium. A lot of stuff I read in grad school is so dense and cluttered that it is barely comprehensible, so I'm lessona that there is a book on how to write sentences that are sophisticated AND clear at the same time.

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Five Principles of Concision: Williams breaks the writing process into 10 key elements that ensure that the message is correct and will be read. In the final part, Mr Williams introduces the idea that some grammar rules can be broken to best serve our writing.

Don't know how I actually bumped into this great book, I guess I was just fortunate when I fortuitously picked the right book that accidentally mentioned it. Emphasizes the vlarity of style in writing for a global audience Style: But of course that isn't the way writing works.

Username Password Forgot your username or password? Table of Contents I. The examples come from business and technical writing, but that's okay -- it doesn't take much imagination to generalize the lessons.

Not too bad for an English textbook.

These examples and practice exercises help garce to think about the phrasing and pacing of my sentences as I write. Build the paper or story with this general motif.

The book has numerous other examples, well worth digging in. Instead, he basically says readers are monkeys who need help understanding.

Notes on “Lessons in Clarity and Grace” by Joseph Williams

The discussion of sources in Appendix II has been rewritten to focus more on the stylistic effects of different ways of summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting, rather than plagiarism and the methods of citation. I've got the recommendation of this volume from my Ph.

Sign in Get started. It is designed to empower the reader to make their own decisions about rules and choose a style, rather than amd a "best" style and how to follow it.

Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace - ProQuest

Rather, Joseph Williams explains how to be concise, how to be focused, how to be organized. Your readers want you to use the end of your sentences to communicate two kinds of difficulty: The hallmark diagrams that illustrate the principles of style now include more detailed explanations in lessons Williams begins with the basics and builds up to chapters on style and usage.

I knew that I did a lot of things this book said were common mistakes and it was nice to see how clunky and cluttered it made writing and how I could fix it. Pearson Writer is a revolutionary digital tool for writers at all levels.

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