The Lively Art of Writing
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- ASIN : 0451627121
- Publisher : Berkley (March 1, 1969)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780451627124
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451627124
- Item Weight : 3.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.13 x 0.5 x 6.88 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #42,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ms. Payne defines the argument as the presentation of opposing points of view. For her, Certs is either a "breath mint", or a "candy mint". It's never "two mints in one"s.She coaches you to define heat by presenting cold, light by talking about dark, love by contrasting it with hate. That's how she gets clarity out of you.
Payne can flat out write and she can teach you to write better. I read her book once a year, every year because that makes me a better writer. I'm no John Steinbeck, but I've actually had stuff published because I use what I learn from her. Her LIVELY ART OF WRITING is the best and the most accessible "How To" available. Comparing Payne to Sheridan Baker or Strunk & White is like comparing walnuts to meringue pie.They are hard to crack, but she is easy to take.Lucile Vaughan Payne's THE LIVELY ART OF WRITING is so good that I have given a copy to friends who have children who want to write better. The fact that their kids thank me is proof that Ms. Payne wrote a seminal tome. .
Time to cycle the high schooler through this again. He's not excited about the work, but he does want to communicate better on his blog Q&A's. So with that goal, we can proceed.
another book we often use for reference is the Random House guide to good writing.
I can't help wondering what Mrs. Payne would have made of our search engine world -- how much easier our high school essay assignments would have been with the cornucopia of sources available at our fingertips today. But the richness of our content is for naught if we do not shape our essays properly and do what we can to craft instruments of persuasion. For facts are useless if one cannot present them in a lively way that convinces the reader that your argument is worth reading to the end.
One of the things that is a bit of a turn off is that it is dated. You can see this in some of the language used and in some of the examples. The fact that it's dated is not a bad thing, but for a fifteen year old son the information is overlooked for this very fact.
One of the things that I liked about this book is that it had some very good examples for common mistakes students make when writing. For example, the word very. This author provides a basic example of using the word very and then essentially has you reread the same sentence substituting some better words into the sentence. This is a very concrete way of teaching and it is helpful. I think it will help my son understand what I am saying when I talk about the word Then.... which is another common mistake.
Overall, if you are trying to improve your writing prior to taking a class or a test, this would be an excellent review book. If you are trying to educate yourself and you are an adult and willing to be a little bit bored at time, this is a great book with lots of concrete examples that is sure to be helpful.
Well worth the money. Enjoy.
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Who can use this book?
Pretty much everyone who has anything remotely to do with writing, which is all of us.