Sense of Structure, The: Writing from the Reader's Perspective 1st Edition
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- Publisher : Pearson; 1st edition (January 8, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0205296327
- ISBN-13 : 978-0205296323
- Item Weight : 3.53 ounces
- Dimensions : 3.94 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #363,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not only interesting as a textbook, "The Sense of Structure" will remain a reference book for the rest of my writing - and audience reading - life. Thank you George, for casting a rather harsh, but forgiving, light on my prose. It can only get better from here.
His techniques are largely structural, based on current research into how readers of English read. His techniques, moreover, are objective, which solves the problem of how to edit your own work so that it will mean to a reader what it means to you. Gopen also provides practical tips on how to structure both sentences and paragraphs for proper emphasis. He demonstrates how to manipulate the story being told to ensure the reader is not left in the dark about what is being communicated. He concludes with a non-dogmatic guide to punctuation and grammatical tools, designed to improve communication under various circumstances.
To learn the specific techniques, read Gopen's book. I assure you that you will never have encountered a better approach to writing.
Aside from working closely with mentors who carefully critique your writing, there is nothing I have come across that will improve the clarity of your writing more than "writing from the reader's perspective"
Would suggest to all professionals or students who write regularly - this will likely make a huge difference in your ability to communicate to your readers.
Top reviews from other countries
The author convincingly debunk some of the common myths in styles such the need to avoid weak verb and passive voice. The authors shows how what seems to be weak verb and passive voice can be most apt in construction under certain context. Examples are provided to illustrate "best stylists are often our most violent violators of rules in writing".
Content wise, this book definitely deserves a five star, but I am deducting one because the binding is the worst of all the books I have bought so far--I could not open the book completely which makes reading a bit difficult.
Having said that, I strongly recommend this book to all who are keen to improve their writing. I have read a few top-selling books on styles but none of them match Sense of Structure in terms of clear presentation for readers and step-by-step illustrations with examples. One that could match is Writing and Thinking by Norman Foerster, John M. Jr. Steadman (another five star rated book). Both of these books do not have much review which I wonder why, but they are now my best collections and I am savoring every bit of what the authors have artfully penned down.