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A concise, witty, practical book on style that is as entertaining as it is genuinely instructive.
Writing with Style is storehouse of practical writing tips—written in a lively, conversational style. This text provides insight into: how to generate interesting ideas and get them down on paper; how to write a critical analysis; how to write a crisp opener; how to invigorate a dull style; how to punctuate with confidence; how to handle various conventions—and much more.
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This bestselling brief text is for anyone who needs tips to improve writing.
A Word About These “Conversations”
Preface to the Third Edition
Chapter 1: Thinking Well
Chapter 2: Getting Launched
Chapter 4: Middles
Chapter 5: Closers
Chapter 6: Diction
Chapter 7: Readability
Chapter 8: Superstitions
Chapter 9: Critical Analysis: Jousting with Mencken
Chapter 10: Dramatizing Your Ideas
Chapter 11: Revising
Chapter 12: Proofreading
Odds and Ends
Chapter 13: Punctuation
Chapter 14: Quoting
Punctuation introducing quotations
Punctuation at the end of quotations
Miscellaneous small points
Punctuating run-on quotations of poetry
References for quotations
Punctuating parenthetical references
Editorial insertions (square brackets)
Chapter 15: Abbreviations
Chapter 16: Tips on Usage
Chapter 17: Epilogue