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A unique and very useful style guide
on January 18, 2012
This is a very useful desk reference for new and experienced writers. As described on the back cover "it is a must-own for students, teachers, authors, journalists, bloggers, managers and anyone who doesn't have time to wade through a style guide but needs a friendly desk reference". And, believe it or not, this promotional copy is not hyperbolic: it is real.
I was prepared to not like this book. Yeah, sure, Sandra E. Lamb, you're going to show me how to write in this "complete guide to everything you'll ever write".
Uh, I've been writing for money for more than 50 years: what do I have left to learn?
That turns out to be the wrong question: it's more an issue of what have I forgotten, especially when I'm under deadline pressure to write something I normally don't do, such as a condolence letter.
You see, Ms. Lamb has produced a wonderful style guide, organized by the type of writing involved. The book is laden with checklists, but they are clear, concise and very constructive. The range of possible written communications is surprisingly broad for so (relatively) slim a book. Collection letter? Check. Condolence letter? Check. Letter to the editor? There's guidance for that as well as for the cover letter to your resume and the resume itself.
Essentially, this is a book packed with good - excellent, in fact - advice on writing for various purposes.
I am at amazed at how much detail Lamb has assembled. She lists, for example, 22 different kinds of written communication that might attend the process of a wedding. Really cool stuff throughout, whether it's a wedding or declining a job offer.
For the price, every writer should have a copy of this on their desk - and those who don't write regularly or often might actually want to spend time reviewing every page of the book.