Style: Toward Clarity and Grace by Joseph M. WilliamsThis acclaimed book is a master teachers tested program for turning clumsy prose into clear, powerful, and effective writing. A logical, expert, easy-to-use plan for achieving excellence in expression, Style offers neither simplistic rules nor endless lists of dos and donts. Rather, Joseph Williams explains how to be concise, how to be focused, how to be organized. Filled with realistic examples of good, bad, and better writing, and step-by-step strategies for crafting a sentence or organizing a paragraph, Style does much more than teach mechanics: it helps anyone who must write clearly and persuasively transform even the roughest of drafts into a polished work of clarity, coherence, impact, and personality.
Buy Williamss book. And dig out from storage your dog-eared old copy of The Elements of Style. Set them side by side on your reference shelf.—Barbara Walraff, Atlantic
Let newcoming writers discover this, and let their teachers and readers rejoice. It is a practical, disciplined text that is also a pleasure to read.—Christian Century
An excellent book....It provides a sensible, well-balanced approach, featuring prescriptions that work.—Donald Karzenski, Journal of Business Communication
Intensive fitness training for the expressive mind.—Booklist
(The college textbook version, Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace, 9th edition, is available from Longman. ISBN 9780321479358.)
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Quick tip: When you start revising a longer piece of work, look first at those passages that were hard to write because you didn't fully understand your ideas. We all tend to write badly when we are not sure about what we want to say or how to say it. Think of the meaning of the sentence, then try out these patterns. Readers want actions in verb, but even more they want characters as their subjects. We give readers a problem when for no good reason we do not name characters in subjects, or worse, delete them entirely. So the first principle of a clear style is this: Make the subjects of most of your verbs short, specific, and concrete-- the main characters in your story.
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You have to take your apprenticeship in it like anything else. To avoid changing the title of past editions, I added material under the headings of epilogue, appendix, and afterword, creating a hodge-podge of a book. In the interest of straightening out this disorder, I've turned the two epilogues into lessons and put them before the lesson on ethics. I have also made substantive changes. I have replaced the ethi- cal analysis of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address with an analysis of the Declaration of Independence. In this new analysis, I make the same point I did about the Second Inaugural: We should under- stand how gifted writers manipulate the language of their argument and thereby our responses to its logic and substance, and consider the ethical implications of that manipulation. I have added new material.