- Series: Mentor
- Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (March 1, 1969)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451627121
- ISBN-13: 978-0451627124
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
In this book, however, are the skills and techniques necessary to take your writing and expression beyond the current level. Since I've read the words in that book, the words in my papers have suddenly been lining up for me and saying things in clever ways.
The book talks about specific ways, and gives specific examples, of how good writers write. There is no bull in this book. If you read it, apply it, and write a lot - you will improve your writing.
It used to take me about eighteen hours to write a single page paper because my mind would go off in so many directions trying to get my idea on paper. It now takes me about twenty minutes, because I am able to think through an entire paper before I write it.
It sounds rather fanciful, but in reality it isn't. The book helps select what literary methods to use. It is your caddy. In your bag are many tricks which you use to drive ideas home or push thoughts along. Each trick, like a golf club, is useful in certain situations. The caddy helps you pick them.
Most other books give you the clubs but not the caddy. This book is different because it tells you how and when to use them - and it knows. This is not your pimple-faced 12 year old caddy... Oh no, this is the real deal. This is the caddy that will get you off of the torn up local greens and onto your neighbors TV screen... Leave the functional and join the superb. This book will help you get there.
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I used it in high school and I used it in my class when I taught high school!
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