How much do I want to read more? 5/10
I really like and appreciate reading concise english language. A good example that comes to mind is Jim Rohn's books. He's crafting his words with great care, to make it to the point.
This book gives "rules" to make writting smooth for the reader.
I like the idea and the purpose of this book. However, it's a bit "technical" and boring to read.
The first writer I watched at work was my stepfather.
Each Tuesday morning, he would close his study door and sit down to write.
It isn't good enough. I wish it were better.
Writting is hard, even for authors who do it all the time
Write in a way that comes naturally, Revise and rewrite, Do not explain too much. Be clear.
They help, they really do. They work. They are the way.
We are all writers and readers with the need at times to please and satisfy ourselves with the clear and almost perfect tought.
Vigorous writting is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.
This requires not that the writer make all sentences short or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.
"this is a subject that" to "this subject": saving three words.
"used for fuel purposes" to "used for fuel".
"the question as to whether" to "whether".
vile expression "the fact that"
I / Elementary Rules of Usage
1. Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding 's.
- Charles's friend
- Burns's poems
- The witch's malice
2. In a series of three or more terms with a single conjunction, use a comma after each term except the last
- red, white, and blue
- gold, silver, or copper
- He opened the letter, read it, and made a note of its contents.
3. Enclose parenthesis expressions berween commas.
The best way to see a country, unless you are pressed for time, is to travel on foot.
Majorie's husband, Colonel Nelson paid us a visit yesterday.
My brother you will be pleased to hear, is now in perfect health.
Februrary to July, 1992
April 6, 1986
Wednesday, Novembre 14, 1990
If, Sir, you refuse, I cannot predict what will happen.
Well, Susan, this is a fine mess you are in.
Letters, packages, etc., should go here.
Billy the kid
The novelist Jane Austen
William the conqueror
The audience, which had at first been indifferent, became more and more interested.
In 1769, when Napoleon was born, Corsica had but recently been acquired by France.
Nether Stowey, where Coleridge worte The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, is a few miles from Bridgewater.
The audience was at first indifferent. Later it become more and more interested.
Napoleon was born in 1769. At that time Corsica had but recently been acquired by France.
Coleridge wrote The Rime of the Ancient Mariner at Nether Stowey. Nether Stowey is a few miles from Bridgewater.
People sitting in the rear couldn't hear. (restrictive)
Uncle Bert, being slightly deaf, moved forward. (non-restrictive)
My cousin Bob is a talented harpist. (restrictive)
Our oldest daughter, Mary, sings. (nonrestrictive)
Partly by hard fighting, partly by diplomatic skill, they enlarged their dominions to the east and rose to royal rank with the possession of Sicily.