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Posted June 20, 2009
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Of all the articles/books I've read on writing, this is the definite favorite.
I loved this book. From the satiric, play-on-words title, to Plotnik's unorthodox way of explaining writing, this book reads exactly as the title says: it explains how to write with style, humor, and originality. It cites examples of such style from nonfiction, fiction, poetry, plays, etc., and explains how they come about using their unique style--unique word choice, unusual similes and metaphors, liberal punctuation, humor in words, to name a few. I've even used the "liberal" writing style in my school essays, and I've never been marked off for it. This book is a must for any serious writer.
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Posted September 18, 2007
Fun and fresh!
Not your standard 'elements of style.' This book takes old school train of thought and teaches that it's okay to break the rules sometimes. I felt relieved many times while reading this, especially pertaining to my own personal use of adverbs. He quotes many great authors - including a few old school classics - where the 'rules of style' are broken. The title truly fits the essence of the book.
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Posted August 9, 2011
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