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Day 26–The Elements of Style


If you are new to this blog, and want to use it to it’s fullest potential, I suggest you start at Day 1 and continue on from there. Or keep on reading.

Rules

Good writing does have rules. And for the beginner the rules can be a bit intimidating. Even though most of us have grown up writing, it doesn’t mean that we’ve ever had to worry about the rules of writing.

As a writer you are the master of your craft, so lets say there are no rules, only suggestions. I great place to start for writing suggestions is a book by, William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White.

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

This book is less than a 100 pages and has everything a writer needs to start learning proper syntax and grammar.

The Boston Globe said-“No book in shorter space, with fewer words, will help any writer more than this persistent little¬† volume.”

It’s true the book is small, practically pocket-size, but it carries valuable information for any writer.

The book covers the Elementary Rules of Usage and Composition. I particularly like the section on An Approach to Style, it is a list of reminders and suggestions, not rules.

A few of these reminders are:

  • Place yourself in the background
  • Write with nouns and verbs
  • Do not overwrite
  • Avoid fancy words
  • Be clear
  • Prefer the standard to the offbeat

I highly recommend this tight easy read to any writer. You can pick up a copy for less than 10 bucks, and that’s a pretty affordable writing class.

It will affect your writing for the good.

Writing Prompt–Pick up a copy of The Elements of¬† Style, and then take your last piece of writing and edit it with this book.

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