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A storehouse of practical writing tips, written in a lively, conversational style. Readers lean to develop a “writer's sense” : the book demonstrates that writing is really applied psychology since it is essentially the art of creating desired effects. Provides an explanation of what effects are desirable and how to create them. An exceptional book that works successfully on several levels simultaneously. Provides new 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 banal style; how to punctuate with confidence; how to handle various conventions, and much more. For anyone who needs a reference guide on writing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130257130
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 12/27/1999
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

A World About These "Conversations" v
Preface to the Second Edition vii
Acknowledgments ix
1 Thinking Well 3
2 Getting Launched 13
3 Openers 25
4 Middles 32
5 Closers 49
6 Diction 53
7 Readability 64
8 Superstitions 82
9 How to Write a Critical Analysis 94
10 Revising 99
11 Proofreading 100
Odds & Ends
12 Punctuation 105
Semicolons 105
Commas 111
Parentheses 117
Dashes 120
Colons 126
Hyphens 129
Exclamation points 132
13 Quoting 133
Punctuation introducing quotations 133
Punctuation at the end of quotations 135
Miscellaneous small points 136
Indented quotations 137
Orphan quotes 140
Dialogue 141
Punctuating run-on quotations of poetry 143
References for quotations 144
Punctuating parenthetical references 145
Ellipses 147
Editorial insertions (square brackets) 148
14 Abbreviations 149
15 Tips on Usage 151
16 Epilogue 160
Writers Talking Shop
Writers Talking Shop 165
Sources 190
Index 196
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2001

    It's like turning a light on!

    This book was required in my college english course in 1978. I had always struggled with writing and this book was like turning a light on. It gave me the tools to produce a solid paper quickly and was my bible though college and grad school. Since I wished I had it sooner, I will buy it for my daughter who is entering high school next year. It should become her bible too!

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    This book will improve your writing and more

    I love this book. I t not only helped my writing but my public speaking and deep yet my basic philosophy on communication. He demands that the writer take risk. And I will challenge you to read a few pages and I bet you'll love it too. Unless your so in love with your every word you won't edit yourself, than this book isn't for you.

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  • Posted November 7, 2008

    Written with Style

    Reviewed by C J Singh (Berkeley, California)<BR/><BR/>I thoroughly enjoyed reading John Trimble¿s WRITING WITH STYLE. This witty book is aptly titled: its numerous how-to suggestions are all written with style. <BR/><BR/>In the chapter ¿Writers Talking Shop,¿ Trimble quotes Lawrence Sterne, author of the classic novel ¿Tristram Shandy¿: ¿Writing, when properly managed, is but a different name for conversation.¿ Trimble own writing demonstrates this, amply justifying the book¿s subtitle ¿Conversations on the Art of Writing.¿<BR/><BR/>Talking about the use of semicolons, Trimble says: ¿The average college student isn¿t ready for semicolons. She hasn¿t discerned any need for them, nor is she eager to. They look forbiddingly exotic¿about as tempting as a plate of snails. The literary gourmets can have them; she¿ll stick with her comma and period¿.¿ Trimble¿s fourth sentence examples a graceful use of semicolon. A bit later, he quotes Mark Twain:¿Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.¿ Six more witty quotes are followed by his concluding paragraph: ¿If you need proof that semicolons can mix agreeably with a readable style, go to the nonfiction of Mark Twain, one of America¿s most readable stylists. You¿ll find maybe half a dozen semicolons per page. Or go to the writings of George Bernard Shaw, one of England¿s wittiest stylists. You¿ll find the same thing. Better still, since it¿s close at hand, open any copy of `Newsweek.¿ As my examples show, the pages of that magazine are sprinkled with semicolons, yet I have never heard `Newsweek¿ called heavy or formal.¿ <BR/><BR/>In the preface, Trimble invites readers to email him at his university address. I did. He graciously emailed back the same day, answering in considerable detail each of my questions. Thanks.<BR/><BR/>-- C J Singh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2003

    One of the best if not the best

    This is an outstanding book relating to academic writing. Trimble makes the difficulties normally associated with writing become clearer. A great work from my perspective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2001

    Quite wonderful

    This book inspires me when I'm trying to write but I'm stuck. It teaches the nittie-gritties like grammer and how to use quotations yet it also talks about thinking critically and how to write with style.

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