The Lively Art of Writing

The Lively Art of Writing

by Lucile Vaughan Payne

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ISBN-13: 9780451627124
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/1969
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 291,980
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lucile Vaughan Payne is the author of The Lively Art of Writing.

Table of Contents

A Note to the Student

Chapter 1 What Is an Essay?
Subjects for Essays
What Is an Opinion, and How Do You Reach It?
What Makes an Opinion Interesting?
Examining the Opposition
Believe What You Say

Chapter 2 From Opinion to Thesis
"Closing In" on Your Thesis
The Five-Step Process
A Subject Close to Home

Chapter 3 The Full and Final Thesis
Elements of a Full Thesis
The Psychology of Argument
Strongest Argument Last
Form of the Full Thesis

Chapter 4 Structure
The Introduction
No Bombs, Please
The Big Middle Section
Refer to Your Full Thesis
Your Strongest Argument

The Conclusion
Back to Beginnings
Understand the Structure
Tying in the Middle Section


Chapter 5 First Steps toward Style
The First Commandment
The Second Commandment

Chapter 6 The Size and Shape of Middle Paragraphs
One Point, One Paragraph
Length of Paragraphs
Basic Paragraph Structure
Developing a Paragraph
Picture-Frame Paragraphs

Chapter 7 Connections between Paragraphs
Standard Devices
A Note on 'however"
Paragraph Hooks
The Combinations

Chapter 8 The Passive Voice
What It Is, and How to Beat It
Adrift in Nobody-Land
Making the Subject Perform
Why Passive Voice at All?
A Plan for Self-Protection

Chapter 9 The Sound of Sentences
The Rhythm of Speech
Getting Inside the Sentence
The Basic Statement
The Strung-Along Sentence
The Periodic Sentence
The Combinations
Selecting the Details
Expanding the Subject
Expanding the Verb
Expanding the Rest of the Sentence

Chapter 10 Parallel Structure
Look for the Common Denominator
The Smaller Parallels

Chapter 11 A Way with Words
Synonyms and Antonyms
Big Words and Small
The Solemn Vapors
Metaphor and Simile

Chapter 12 Odds and Ends and Means
The Terrible Three
The Troublesome Twenty-Seven

Chapter 13 More Freedom and a Few Flourishes
Assignment 1: First Person at Last
Assignment 2: How to Write Badly by Trying Very, Very Hard
Assignments 3 and 4: Irony
The Fully Ironic Essay
The Ironic Touch

Chapter 14 Writing the Term Paper
The Trial Thesis
Procedure for Research
The Final
Your Paper Is in the Cards
Writing the First Draft
The Final Draft

Chapter 15 Summing Up

Handy Reminders

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Lively Art of Writing 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
cestovatela on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Stephen King's On Writing is still my favorite book of writing advice, but this one is a pretty close second. While King's focuses a lot on the creative process, this is more about the mechanics of writing - sentence structure, organization, etc. etc. I read it in high school and it's still an influence on my writing.
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GRL More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic. It was written two years after I graduated from college. Boy, could I have used it the previous four years. It is a tremendously helpful tool for remembering what I forgot, and shedding light on some fuzzy areas. I never knew that I should never, or hardly ever, use the word there. I do now. I heartily recommend this book for anyone who has to write anything from personal letters to books.It is an excellent tool to have right beside your dictionary, thesaurus, Strunk & White's Elements of Style and Peter Flescsh's The Art of Readable Writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many times boys are reluctant writers. The Lively Art of Writing is written to the student and does everything a homeschooling parent wishes a writing 'program' would do. Our older son's tutorial group used this book in a once-a-week tutorial, with students working independently during the week. By the time our older son finished this book, he was writing very well. I was so impressed I am using this book with his 9th grade brother in the fall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Payne's pivotal work is as fresh today as it was when she wrote it. I used it with AP English juniors last year and plan to use it again and again. It outperforms Strunk & White in that it gives succinct lessons on style, parallelism, paragraphing, and essay writing. When you describe an essay like a train with transitions linking all of the freight cars, students can visualize what an essay needs to look like. The introduction is the locomotive, the conclusion the caboose. Practice exercises and vocabulary at the end of each chapter reinforce the principles Payne teaches. A nice companion to state-issued grammar books, Payne can be taught while asking students to use her principles in their own essay writing. My students claim that they learned much from our study of The Lively Art of Writing. If your students are struggling, have them get Payne.