“If a writer wrote merely for his time, I would have to break my pen and throw it away.”
– Victor Hugo
Once rated “one of the 100 most influential books written in English” by Time magazine in 2011, The Elements Of Style [4th Edition] by William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White is a systematic book which employs a no-nonsense approach on enduring principles of sound writing.
Cogent, concise and methodical, The Elements Of Style provides the firm foundation upon which writers can construct or improve their repertoire.
Featuring advice that is as simple as it is timeless, the book’s easy-to-follow approach allows for the incisive individual to become more robust with the principles of writing, while honing their own individual style as well.
Undoubtedly, some of these tenets will be familiar to some of you. Even so, many are oft-overlooked and having them around to reference is quite convenient.
For a book that is nigh a century old, it still ‘packs a punch’. Incidentally, that prior figure of speech, “packs a punch,” for instance, dances along the line of Style Rule #18: Use Figures Of Speech Sparingly.
Perhaps it shouldn’t have been used, perhaps so. But having read this book, as a writer, I am consciously thinking of how the use of diction affects everything. Ruminating a bit, perhaps, instead of writing that the book still “packs a punch,” I could have written “this book provides a treasure trove of insights for writers.” Even though the first sentence gets the meaning across, the second one is smoother, and accomplishes the same thing in amenable fashion. That is merely one example of the possibilities that this book will allow the shrewd writer to undertake once he begins to firmly inculcate its lessons and employ them therein.
Great writing, like a sound structure, can only take place with a firm foundation. The scaffolding for that will undoubtedly require the insights of this book. If you know all of them by heart, you’re one step ahead. If not, then ponder getting this book. And considering that these days, many people communicate with others through the written word on the Internet, it would be prudent to learn these tenets since they will undoubtedly help those who need to employ them.
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