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Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  680 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
A storehouse of practical writing tips, written in a lively, conversational style. Readers lean to develop a "writer's sense" the book demonstrates that writing is really applied psychology since it is essentially the art of creating desired effects. Provides an explanation of what effects are desirable and how to create them. An exceptional book that works successfully on ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published January 6th 2000 by Prentice Hall (first published 1975)
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♥ Ibrahim ♥
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is rare that you read a book on writing with style without fearing that you are up for hard stuff and you would have to perk up your ears. Not so with our author here. He is so relaxed, laid-back, jolly and enjoys a great sense of humor. You read his book and it feels as if he is sitting across from you and sharing and you are ready to hear him for hours upon hours and never get bored. He is specific. He knows his stuff. He quotes the experts and the best of writers and what they have to say ...more
Mark Hiser
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing
I recommend this short book on writing. The author, John Trimble, wrote it as a quick-to-read "survival guide" for students. Trimble does not go into great detail nor does he examine the different modes of discourse. Rather, he discusses ways to think about non-fiction writing in general. For this reason, the book might be best suited for someone who has some writing experience.

What I most like about this book is that Trimble focuses on thinking like a writer rather than on following set formula
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Jessica Zu
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: howtowrite
Simply the best: for anyone who wants to challenge their creativity and to learn the pleasure of this hard work--writing. If you only have time to read one and only one book on writing, choose this one. You will not regret it. Besides, it's really short: less than 200 pages. On top of everything, it is amazingly readable--a paragon of non-textbook. No wonder the third edition is already out.

This book changed my view about composition courses; it convinced me the legitimacy of an English Departm
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Ryan Trimble
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having read a handful of books on writing, this is my favorite. Trimble's style is so engaging and enjoyable and witty. He simultaneously explains stylistic concepts while demonstrating them. Non-writers would even enjoy this book; it's that well-written.
Hasitha Gampa
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
good book b/c it gives very helpful tips on how to improve writing. A tip I found helpful is to clear your mind and think before you write so your words make sense and aren't too cluttered.
Todd Luallen
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional book on writing. I loved every chapter. Trimble has a conversational tone that makes his writing effortless to read. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone that wants to communicate more clearly through the written word.

I do, however, have a rather large complaint for the publisher. This book is not available in an e-book format. Come on! Seriously? For people like me that have poor eyesight, reading the small text in the paperback book is a laborious task. PLEASE release an e-b
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Margret
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read a few books on writing and this is one of my favorite. It's easy and well-written.
Very good tips and how to keep writing.
Julia P
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This is the sort of stuff we should have learned sophomore year of high school.
Laura Verret
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-sale
Writing with Style is a survival kit; it’s helped me understand many of the problems I face as a writer and how to overcome them. But it’s also a tool-box; ready with a host of suggestions that bettered my writing in places I didn’t know needed improvement.

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
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Jeannie
This book was the main text for my first composition class as an English major at BYU. That was more than 30 years ago and I still pull Trimble off the shelf when I need to teach certain concepts or just check my own writing.

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
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