You’re going to love the way Paula LaRocque teaches in The Book on Writing. A celebrated writing coach with a sense of humor and a gentle touch, she’s also a master writer herself with a long and distinguished career in both teaching and practicing the art of writing.The Book on Writing contains 25 chapters in three sections: A dozen essential but easy-to-apply guidelinesYou’re going to love the way Paula LaRocque teaches in The Book on Writing. A celebrated writing coach with a sense of humor and a gentle touch, she’s also a master writer herself with a long and distinguished career in both teaching and practicing the art of writing.The Book on Writing contains 25 chapters in three sections: A dozen essential but easy-to-apply guidelines to good writing, from the importance of clarity to the value of a conversational tone. Paula LaRocque believes learning is easier and more successful when we are not only told but also shown. So her Book on Writing is chockfull of actual writing examples that supplement and illustrate principles that apply as naturally to fiction as they do to nonfiction.How to tell a story—from building suspense, to effective description, to the uses of metaphor and literary devices. Paula LaRocque also deals with the narrative “engine” and the value of the archetype in plotting and characterization—as well as with pace and speed and leveling what she terms writing’s “speedbumps.” A clear and concise handbook that deals with common problems in grammar, usage, punctuation, and style—the kind of problems that often trouble even wordsmiths. The handbook also debunks pesky language “rules” that are actually myths. The Book on Writing is one-stop shopping for writers. Read it once, and you’ll be a better writer. Read it often, and you’ll be among the best....
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|Number of Pages||:||255 Pages|
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The Book on Writing Reviews
Definitely glad I read this book. I found it rather dull, but then again, I find most books on writing dull. So don't hold that against it. I knew I needed to keep reading when I found myself drawing on its lessons while I wrote.
This book is a gem. Originally published in 2003, I didn't run into anything outdated.It's an excellent resource for learning to write well and for unlearning common grammar myths. I work in both fiction and nonfiction and I would highly recommend it to all writers, no matter what your genre is. Even for people who aren't writers, but have to write as part of their jobs.The chapters cover many topics: sentence structure, use of metaphors, clarity in writing, trusting your readers, and sections on mechanics (i.e. grammar quiz with explanations, a style guide). Truly an invaluable resource, but also written in a style that is both engaging and direct.I couldn't possibly remember all the mechanics that I was embarrassed to be ignorant of. (It's okay, by the way, to end sentences with prepositions and to use adverbs when needed. Isn't that liberating?) But I know where to look for them when I get jammed up.I had many of those WHAT?! moments, for example:--Did you know "decimate" means to destroy a fraction (1/10), rather than to destroy? Apparently, once upon a time when there were uprisings and such, punishment was some times doled out against 1 person in every 10.--The word is "minuscule" not "miniscule"? (I don't think I've ever written it, but I have definitely pronounced it incorrectly. Many times.)(Oh, also, you should really never use parentheses. I'm looking for a support group, no worries.)--The phrase is "spit and image" not "spitting image." Again, not one I've used, but I'm fascinated.Buy this book. Keep it handy.
Anyone who is serious about improving their creative or technical writing, should read this book. And definitely re-read it again and again. I liked the no b.s., matter of fact tone of her writing too. I love writing and love to read books about the craft of writing
Many useful subjects were covered. The chapter on using single-syllable words was the most helpful. Single-syllable words make your sentences direct, to the point, and understandable. Very interesting.
Loved the first half - excellent advice on writing for any purpose. The advice is quite similar to Tom Sant's stuff, to the point where I doubt you need to read both. The back half of the book is more specific to creative writing, which is not something I do often.
Awesome guide for aspiring writers or those who need help working on style and accessibility of their prose. Highly recommended.
Some of the best, most practical writing tips I've ever read.
Too technical, couldn't really get into it. It just seemed like an entire novel about mistakes to avoid. After a while all the chapters seem to blur together.
A classic book. Unfortunately, with texting and blogs and social media, the art of writing is becoming lost. Or perhaps evolving to a new future. Either way, this book is great.