Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing
This bestselling brief text is for anyone who needs tips to improve writing.
Writing with Style is storehouse of practical writing tips—written in a lively, conversational style. This text provides insight into: how to generate interesting ideas and get them down on paper; how to write a critical analysis; how to write a crisp opener; how to invigorate a dull style; how to...more
What I most like about this book is that Trimble focuses on thinking like a writer rather than on following set formula ...more
This book changed my view about composition courses; it convinced me the legitimacy of an English Departm ...more
It covers the areas of readability, punctuation, quoting, and provides guidelines for expressing one's thoughts with conciseness and clarity, while cautioning against formalism that would sacrifice t ...more
Mr. Trimble provides tips that make the actual writing process easier, but he also shows how to make our writing more effective. He encourages us to think beyond ourselves when we write; to not focus on whether a phrase sounds super-smart but ...more
Even so, Trimble has his own rules to be followed: be crisp and clear, save space, offer variety, freshness and surprise. "Delete" is a favorite mantra; avoid the "God-like Pose," the "Dogma of For ...more
Once in a while I like to just take Trimble down off the shelf and read him again. He applies the concepts as he teaches them, taking all of the drudgery out of learning the mechanics of writing. As a result, Writing with Style doesn't read like a text book. It's just a gre ...more
But foul language is inappropriate in any context (Prov. 4:24, 17:20, 19:1; Matt. 5:21-22, 15:11, 16-20; Ecc. 5:6; Eph. 4:29, 31-32; Col. 3:8; James 3:5-12). Rather than making him more sophisticated, refined, or expressive, foul language ...more
Trimble definitely practices what he preaches.
There is a newer edition.
In a great contrast to high school English classes, this book teaches how to write with seductive creativity; through the proper preparation of ideas, simple drafting techniques, and revising tips and tricks.
After reading this book, I know my writing will never be the same: it will be better.