- Paperback: 198 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (January 6, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0130257133
- ISBN-13: 978-0130257130
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 123 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A concise, witty, practical book on style that is as entertaining as it is genuinely instructive. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Inside Flap
"Books on writing tend to be windy, boring, and impractical. I intend this one to be different - short, fun, and genuinely useful."
Writing with Style is certainly that. In this fast-moving guide, John Trimble masterfully equips you with all the essentials you need to be a confident, self-sufficient writer. He takes the mystery out of how skilled writers actuallly think, explains why the fundamentals are so fundamental, arms you with dozens of practical writing tips, and liberates you from the straitjacket of outmoded stylistic taboos. He even manages to make common sense out of punctuation.
Best of all, Trimble's style is as fresh as his approach - in fact, his style is a superb example of all that he is trying to convey on the art of writing.
In this Silver Anniversary Edition, additional words of wisdom are included and, for the first time, an index has been added. The second edition will continue to be an indispensable classic reference for the next 25 years.
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Trimble's book is a breeze to read and fun as well. You'll pick up a lot without even trying. The examples are plentiful and interesting -- I've already added several of the quoted works to my reading list.
What you won't get is elitism. That's a great thing. I'm not fond of elitists, especially when they're wrong. John is neither.
Opening to a random page delivers the expected quality: "Two years ago it never occurred to him [a hypothetical student] to size up his audience, for two years ago he wasn't writing expressly for his reader; he was writing simply for himself. Now, though, persuasion is vital to him, so it's become part of his standard procedure to second-guess his reader's needs, taste, and level of sophistication."
The book is light, small, and easy to hold. It fits easily in a carry-on, or a side pocket, just in case you want some light reading on a trip. The title isn't embarrassing, either.
it's expensive because it's considered a textbook yet it pays for itself by saving money for not not buying several "so-so" or overly technical writing reference guides.
i bought this book for my daughter, niece and nephew when they began college.