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Wordsmithy by Douglas Wilson
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Jan 06, 2012

it was amazing
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Read from January 04 to 05, 2012

I've read a number of fantastic books on writing--books so inspiring, they're hard to finish because I'm constantly dropping them to start practicing what they teach. Wordsmithy is up there with the best of them. It's staying right here on my desk, and it isn't going to get dusty.

Some of Wilson's punchiest lines:

"You are a wordsmith. Remember that you are in the smithy all day long." (22)

"If you want to say a lot, you have to have a lot to say." (24)

"If you 'write by rule' only, will come up [with] something that is equally free of both vice and virtue, like a verbal tapioca pudding made with skim milk." (32)

"The quality of what you keep will be directly proportional to how much you are willing to throw away." (81)

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