Thursday, March 13, 2014

The littlest Writer’s Bible

     No writer should be without it.  For going on 70 years, this slim volume (about 100 pages in mass market paperback, including glossary and index) has taught over ten million writers how to use the English language well.  There is no better book for this.  If you want to call yourself a competent writer, reading The Elements of Style by Professor William Strunk  and author E.B. White is essential.

     Its rules are issued as commands:  Enclose parenthetic expressions between commas.  Use the proper case of pronouns.  Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding ’s.  Use the active voice.  Omit needless words.  Put statements in positive form.  Choose a suitable design and hold to it.  The authors give logical, memorable examples of each dictate.

     Follow the Little Bible’s orders and your writing will soar above much of the rest.  It will be clear, concise, readable, commanding, and engaging.

     Read this book.
     Periodically re-read it.
     Carry a copy in your pocket, purse, or smart phone.


No comments:

Post a Comment