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[G]enuinely funny. Mr. Plotnik seeks to enlighten but also to entertain, making the skill of quality expressiveness a goal, rather than some elusive daydream. . . . The strongest parts of the book contrast insipid or ordinary modes of expression with clear, powerful methods.
—New York Journal of Books (6/12/12 www.nyjournalofbooks.com/review/elements-expression-putting-thoughts-words-2nd-edition)
Plotnik is concerned about—no, make that fervent, ardent, zealous, even fanatical about—making the language of the written word as interesting and precise as possible. . . . This book roots for language that is not just right but bright, which communicates the truest tone and shading and the finest distinctions . . . . work that is irresistible, engrossing, unpredictably original...
—ForeWord (6/27/12 www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/the-elements-of-expression/)
Posted November 15, 2013
Plotnik brings an enjoyable and witty outlook to advice giving. Covering everything from Public speaking to writing. He was so enjoyable to read; I learned things that I never knew I needed advice on. I picked this book up for some help with school and found myself craving to read more; I couldn’t put it down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 17, 2013
The Elements of Expression dispels myths your grammar teachers hammered into you and allows you to accept that there are multiple (and many!) forms of suitable expression. Not only does this book cover a vast array of contextualized situations where one may need to express oneself, but it does so in a way that is accessible and relatable. Plotnik quotes from Shakespeare to Richard Pryor in a way that proves he is able to capture a wide audience. I can see his words having the ability to reach anyone; I know they spoke to me. If you start the book feeling like an empty vessel, by the end he will have you overflowing with different means of communication. I recommend this book to anyone searching for a little vocabulary refreshment.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 21, 2013
As a writer, I am constantly on the prowl for new and refreshing literature to get my head back in the game and remind me what it is that I am passionate about and how best to go about letting all of that passion out. the book covers language, expression, grammar, and so much more. The content is relevant, relatable, and undeniably helpful. It's a great read for writers!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 20, 2013
Plotnik is very helpful with how a writer can sharpen their language to make better use of their words. He
says "We struggle with words because they separate us from the lowing beasts and tell the world who we are, what we want, and why." To me this sums the book up perfectly.
Posted August 13, 2013
..The Elements of Expression is a great resource for anyone trying to improve their public speaking or their ability to generally express themselves. I especially enjoyed the section on slang. Definitely recommend this book to anyone who speaks English (and maybe even those who don't)!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 12, 2013
This book is a fun way to expand the way you express yourself through words! Plotnik does a great job of pointing out things that you don't know without being condescending or removed, and instead of shaming you for not knowing will give you new ways to build up the elements you use in your expression! This book is a great and easy read, designed to make sense instead of confuse. I would recommend it to anyone who wants something fun and interesting that will improve the way you communicate through written and spoken word!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.