[Pdf/E–pub] (The Little Red Writing Book 20 Powerful Principles of Structure Style Readability)

The Little Red Writing Book 20 Powerful Principles of Structure Style Readability

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Here is an example of my grievance with this bookIn the chapter on nominalization the eader is asked to alter the sentence The inability to make decisions is a military leader s darkest enemyThe ecommended solution is A military leader must be able to decideWhile this change may be a valid example of the lesson at hand the second version is a tedious mess What Confer reader would prefer it Even technical writing is made worse if the audience is bored and this second option is frankly boringTherein lies the problem with The Little Red Writing Book It offers terrific technical advice while disregarding the CRAFT on too many occations It s clear Mr Royal is a very competent writer but too often for my liking he provides dull sentences as solutions for the versions used as the inferior examples These solutions are technically correct but lack any soul the incorrect originals may have shown glimpses ofAs aeference of principals and techniue this book excels but truthfully it could have been Eddie released as only the 1st appendix found within and done just as fine a job in thategard I found it at a used book sale for a dollar and am glad I picked it up for The abbots house reference at that price If I d have paid the 1699 listed on the back 2499 Canadian I would have demanded aefund Concise Cute Almost too cute Short accessible chapters and good exercises to illustrate points I disagree with some of this book s assertions about what good writing is but overall it s a nice little grammar and style guide Expressing yourself well in writing CAN actually be boiled down to a few principles some of which I have The Eagle Of The Ninth recorded foreference below The entire book itself is concise enough to serve as one such eferenceStrategically the summary or conclusion should come at the start of the expository piece not at the end so the eader is not left guessing the expository piece not at the end so the eader *Is Not Left Guessing The Writer S Main Idea The *not left guessing the writer s main idea The is first told what the writing is about before being given the supporting facts and detailsVague language weakens your writing because it forces the eader to guess at what you mean instead of allowing the Taming the Alpha (Crescent Moon, reader to concentrate fully on your ideas and style Choose specific descriptive and words for forceful writingDon t just mention the whats mention the so whats Mentioning the examples anecdotes and uotes provides support and indicates theeason why the writer is writing about Excellent little book full information on structure style Ptičje oko na tarabi readability and grammar Easy toead full of examples for both correct and incorrect and a little humor The section on structure pertains to writing from the top down In other words tell the Quinlans Character Stars reader what your point is FIRST then explain Also how to break things down use transition words stick to one topicThe section on style covers a wide array of topics support what you say personalize examples keep it simple no long sentences eliminate words that add nothing active voice favor verbs not nouns sentence variety and toneThe section oneadability is about layout and design When to bold words or use italics maintaining a neutral gender and editing Finally the topic on grammar goes into the 8 parts of speech nouns pronouns adjectives verbs adverbs prepositions conjunctions and interjections There are brief easy to understand explanations followed by correct and incorrect examples Common misused words like affecteffect thanthen all togetheraltogether all Bittersüß readyalready maybemay be betweenamong and are cited with examplesVery easy to follow and an excellent uickeference source Disclaimer I am For Writers from All Walks of LifeThere's no need to fear the big bad world of writing with The Little Red Writing Book in hand Brimming with clever advice this book offers writers students and business professionals a concise guide to penning strong and effective work for all occasions The Little Red Writ. Writing and grammar nut as well as an English teacher That being said I ve ead a lot of writing books that are much longer than this one and don t pack nearly the same powerful punchShort and sweet this book covers the basic principles
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good writing very It is something I could easily adapt to use with my students In fact I plan on covering is something I could easily adapt to use with my students In fact I plan on covering principle a week in conjunction with our established curriculum This may seem like an exceptionand it is but it epresents the art of writing as opposed to the science of writing says Royal The ScandiKitchen Summer relegating writing s experimental nature into the footnotes Creating a pun based on a beloved fairy tale tells theeader that this book will be educational but won t take itself so seriously This was the wrong assumption to make Royal is engrossed in his own pretentiousness not teaching but telling the My Little Pony reader how to write without showing any love for the craftRoyal declares that this book is for a wide audience but never wants to admit that it seally for nonfiction writers business writers and students Cute illustrations and the miniaturization of the physical book imply that this will be a fun Тарковский и я. Дневник пионерки read for anyone who picks it up yet all of the content is yanked from an English textbook Everything here is the scrapings of The Elements of Style which is not only informative but doesn t give migraines from tonal whiplashThere are important lessons however for writers who need aefresh Lessons on eliminating unnecessary words selecting the A Three Hat Day right tone for the audience and making writing gender neutral are all helpful and contain information that everyone can apply The writer who does not want to open The Elements of Style or Modern English Usage will benefit from taking a day to skim through the textThough it s strange that Royal places his principles at the forefront and the section on grammar and punctuation just before the appendices Grammar and punctuation are to be treated objectively which he s conscious of Thus eachule shines and is met with no Paranormal Realities II resistance The 20 main principles are also discussed as if writing even the most formal and nonfiction writing is an objective procedure and because of this black and white discussion a pompous air suffocates theeader Perhaps the better examples are in the back because Royal knows they are the actual best part of The Little Red Writing Book If he placed them at the end the eader would likely sift through micro lectures masuerading as facts The best way to approach this text is with a few pages for notes and a couple of grains of salt or maybe with an actual textbook whose author isn t pretending like it s something it s not Seems geared toward undergraduates learning to write expository papers Nothing terribly enlightening but some good eminders I was fairly pleased with it until I got to Principle 11 Gain Active Power The section begins with and I promise I m not making this up the following sentenceIn general the active voice is preferred to the passive voice because the active voice is action orientedI wanted very much to believe this was an attempt at a joke but the book is so serious in tone so utterly lacking in mirthfulness that I at a joke but the book is so serious in tone so utterly lacking in mirthfulness that I t convince myself How could this possibly have made it past the editorI don t think I can Taken Completely (His Rules read any A pityeally since I found the illustrations so charming This book is helpful so for academics and for the corporate world ie formal audiences than for creative writers However some principles of style such as using specific and concrete wor. Ing Book is designed for visual appeal and ease of use Elegant yet practical it will be an intriguing inviting Pingalavel reference you'll turn to again and again Author Brandon Royal offers concise explanations and nonintimidating instruction based on the four pillars of sound writing structure styleeadability and. ,

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be helpful for writing as well Albeit the section on grammar ules is indispensable for all writers Royal has another book viz The Little Gold Grammar Book that details those ules in detail and it may be useful for the creative writer to ead details those ules in detail and it may be useful for the creative writer to Eat or Be Eaten! read one instead Before I was halfway through it I was thinking that the cleverest thing about The Little Red Writing Book was its title That s sadIt s also unfairAfter all I veead a lot of books and articles and web pages whose authors could benefit greatly from some of what is in this compact collection of how to write From stylistic construction to The Sheiks Angry Bride (War, Love, Harmony Series, rules of grammar Royal covers many areas where aspiring writers shouldn t but do have problemsThere were a couple places where I disagreed and there were a couple of mistakes I thought should have been caught in proofreading but on the whole it is solidI think my biggest issue is that the author misses a criticalule which ought to have been up front It is a The Believer, Issue 99 rule I learned in music theory but have since applied to all creative endeavors The basicule is that every Take Me Series Box Set rule exists for aeason to prevent an outcome viewed as a problem The importance of that The Turkey Farm rule is that if you know what theule prevents you know when to break it to achieve a desired effectA glaring example is his assertion that when writing in support of a position you should always put your conclusion at the beginning I understand the Defiance Valley reason In most situations it enables theeader to understand your arguments much Prayogshala Nepali Sankramanma Dilli Ra Maobadi readily because they already know where you are going The downside is that people who disagree with you are unlikely ever toead you arguments once they know that they disagree and you wind up preachin to the choir because the only eaders you get are those who agree with your conclusion Thus when I wrote Confessions of a Dungeons Dragons Addict long ago and I wanted to capture an audience of people who had already decided that the Addict long ago and I wanted to capture an audience of people who had already decided that the was an evil Satanic itual I opened with and maintained the notion that there were problems with the game of which Christians should be aware so that I could draw them through all the supposed problems that actually were not problems with the game and The Rocker That Uses Me reach the conclusion that Christians should be playing it Were I to have begun with the conclusion it is doubtful whether my target audience would have gotten past the first paragraphFailure to explain theeason for the A Shadow of Treason (Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War rules within the context of what is achieved by breaking them weakens the value of the book significantlyHowever it does hit many of the typical mistakes writers make and most would probably find it useful A short book on how to write better The first section is on ways to structure your text start with the conclusion divide the content into two to four parts use transition words The second is on style be specific and concrete use examples use short sentences cut out unnecessary word vary the length and beiginnings of your sentences The third section has tips for improvedeadability such as adding space making words stand out using headings and headlines to divide the text The final part has 30 grammar After Long Silence rules many of which explain the difference between similar words like it s versus itsI liked that the book has lots of examples both good and bad illustrating the different techniues It also has lots of exercises with suggested answers in the back Ieally liked the advice in the first three sections but the grammar The Wonder of Birds rules were less useful. Grammar His discussion centers on 20 immutable writing principles as well as 30 commonly encounteredules of grammar A wealth of examples charts and engaging exercises make The Little Red Writing Book an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to master those skills that will make a good writer even better.