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Understanding Style: Practical Ways To Improve Your Writing (2ND 10 Edition)

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Style is often the most difficult issue for writers to deal with. Most people feel helpless and confused when asked to improve something they have written. In fact, key secrets to improving style often remain concealed because even the authors who write on style may not be able to explain them clearly.

An ideal text for courses in advanced composition, Understanding Style uncovers some of the inherent mystery of style and explains how to craft good sentences and combine them into writing that is clear and readable. While similar books often fail to address the relationship between written style and spoken voices or to discuss the ways that writers control rhythm and emphasis--precisely the kind of issues that give style its reputation as a difficult topic--this unique book adapts the findings of modern linguistic research into detailed writing advice seldom found elsewhere.

Though it emphasizes the "sound" of the written voice throughout, the text also covers diction, coherence, and sentence variety. Glaser includes numerous open-ended exercises drawn from such areas as business, history, and popular science to encourage students to practice as they learn. Each chapter concludes with a boxed summary for quick reference and a "Your Writing" prompt, asking students to apply these principles directly to their own work.

The book also features a glossary of writing terms, a brief dictionary of usage, a guide to punctuation, and a detailed index. Downloadable exercises, useful writing links, and other help may be found at the author's website at http://www.wku.edu/~joe.glaser/mainpage.htm.

Synopsis:

Style is often the most difficult issue for writers to deal with. Most people feel helpless and confused when asked to improve something they have written. In fact, key secrets to improving style often remain concealed because even the authors who write on style may not be able to explain them clearly.

An ideal text for courses in advanced composition, Understanding Style uncovers some of the inherent mystery of style and explains how to craft good sentences and combine them into writing that is clear and readable. While similar books often fail to address the relationship between written style and spoken voices or to discuss the ways that writers control rhythm and emphasis--precisely the kind of issues that give style its reputation as a difficult topic--this unique book adapts the findings of modern linguistic research into detailed writing advice seldom found elsewhere.

Though it emphasizes the "sound" of the written voice throughout, the text also covers diction, coherence, and sentence variety. Glaser includes numerous open-ended exercises drawn from such areas as business, history, and popular science to encourage students to practice as they learn. Each chapter concludes with a boxed summary for quick reference and a "Your Writing" prompt, asking students to apply these principles directly to their own work.

The book also features a glossary of writing terms, a brief dictionary of usage, a guide to punctuation, and a detailed index. Downloadable exercises, useful writing links, and other help may be found at the author's website at http://www.wku.edu/~joe.glaser/mainpage.htm.

Synopsis:

Many writers view style as a dreaded Bermuda Triangle--they have no idea how to improve anything they have written. This book dispels much of that mystery, using the findings of modern linguistics to explore the relationship between written and spoken voices and to uncover little-known ways to control rhythm and emphasis.

With a focus on sound and voice, author Joe Glaser explains and illustrates measurable, non-subjective keys to good writing--an approach that yields practical writing techniques and advice rarely found elsewhere. An excellent choice for courses in advanced composition, the book also covers more standard topics such as economy, diction, coherence, and variety--along with abundant open-ended exercises drawn from business, history, popular science, and other areas. Each chapter includes a final, quick-reference summary and a "Your Writing" assignment that readers can apply directly to their own work.

Updated throughout, the second edition emphasizes word processing and Internet resources and includes a new chapter on subjects and predicates. The book also features a glossary of writing terms, a brief dictionary of usage, a guide to punctuation, and a detailed index.

Exercises, sample answers, analytical tools, writing links, and other helpful aids are available on the author's website at http://www.wku.edu/~joe.glaser/style%20home%20page.html.

Table of Contents

Preface

Part One: What Style Is: Good and Bad Writing

Chapter 1: Voices You Want To Listen To: Elements of a Written Voice

Voice and the Sound Qualities of Writing

Voice and the Writing Situation

Grammar and Voice

Diction and Voice

Avoiding Discriminatory Language

A Gallery of Voices

Points to Remember

Chapter 2: Voices That Put You Off: Common Modes of Bad Writing

The Professional Terror

The Creative Genius

The Sleepwalker

The Clunker

Points to Remember

Chapter 3: Two Common Problems: Overwriting and Underwriting

Eliminating Deadwood

How Much Cutting Is Enough?

Varieties of Deadwood

Verbal Filler

Authorspeak

Overexplaining

A Caution Against Underwriting

Points to Remember

Part Two: Accurate, Effective Word Choice

Chapter 4: Finding the Right Words: What's in a Name?

A World of Words

Types of Diction

Formal and Informal Words

General and Particular Words

Abstract and Concrete Words

Long and Short Words

Learned and Commonplace Words

Points to Remember

Chapter 5: Finding Fresh Words: Clichés, Usage, Quoting, Figurative Language

Clichés Beat a Hasty Retreat

Usage Cranks and Usage Demons

Some Notes on Quoting

Figurative Language

Points to Remember

Part Three: Clear Subjects and Lively Verbs

Chapter 6: Subjects and Predicates

Subjects

Standard Sentence Order and "You-Understood"

Subjects in Dependent Clauses

Types of Dependent Clauses

Coordinate Clauses

Predicates

Multiple Predicates and Predicates in Dependent Clauses

Points to Remember

Chapter 7: Naming Definite Actors and Actions

Naming Definite Actors

Avoiding Indefinite Actors

The Problem of Nominalizations

Naming Definite Actions

Avoiding Weak Verbs: to be

Other Weak Verbs

Unnecessary Auxiliaries

Unnecessary Passive Verbs

Keeping Actors and Actions Together

Points to Remember

Part Four: Making Connections: Coherence and Emphasis

Chapter 8: Coherence: Making Sentences Connect

Maintaining Related Grammatical Subjects

Patterns of Old and New Information

Reinforcing Coherence with Transitional Devices

Reinforcing Coherence with Coordinate Structures

Reinforcing Coherence with Subordinate Structures

Points to Remember

Chapter 9: Assigning Emphasis

Nuclear Emphasis

Coming to a Good End

Nuclear Stress in Lesser Breath Units

A Note on Punctuation

Patterns of Emphasis

Using Grammatical Transformations To Shift

Emphasis

Emphasis Through Grammatical Bulk

Points to Remember

Part Five: Changing the Pace: Rhythmic and Grammatical Variety

Chapter 10: Controlling Rhythm

Sentence Rhythms

Types of Breath Units

Avoiding Overlong Breath Units

Using Breath Units to Control Rhythm

Using Stress to Control Rhythm

Using Long and Short Words to Control Rhythm

Points To Remember

Chapter 11: Grammatical Variety

How Sentences Become Complex

Grammatical Variety in Context

Varying Sentence Structure with Nominals

Varying Sentence Structure with Adjectivals

Varying Sentence Structure with Adverbials

Varying Sentence Structure with Parallel Construction

Grammatical Emphasis

Points to Remember

Part Six: Quick Fixes

Chapter 12: Rules of Thumb

Start most sentences with the subject

Make your subjects definitely named actors

Make your verbs name definite actions

Write mostly in independent clauses

Keep subjects and verbs close together

Keep verbs and complements close together

Use single verbs with multiple subjects. Use single subjects with multiple verbs.

Favor the active voice

Choose positive rather than negative constructions

Focus each sentence on the ideas expressed by the subject and predicate

Mix long and short sentences

End sentences with a bang, not a whimper

Points To Remember

Appendix A: A Brief Dictionary of Usage

Appendix B: Alphabetical Guide to Punctuation

Appendix C: Glossary

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195379495
Author:
Glaser, Joe
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Glaser, Joseph
Author:
null, Joe
Subject:
Report writing
Subject:
English language -- Style.
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Grammar & Punctuation
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Grammar
Subject:
Literature/English | Writing | Composition
Subject:
Reference-Rhetoric
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
5.5 x 8.2 x 0.7 in

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"Synopsis" by , Style is often the most difficult issue for writers to deal with. Most people feel helpless and confused when asked to improve something they have written. In fact, key secrets to improving style often remain concealed because even the authors who write on style may not be able to explain them clearly.

An ideal text for courses in advanced composition, Understanding Style uncovers some of the inherent mystery of style and explains how to craft good sentences and combine them into writing that is clear and readable. While similar books often fail to address the relationship between written style and spoken voices or to discuss the ways that writers control rhythm and emphasis--precisely the kind of issues that give style its reputation as a difficult topic--this unique book adapts the findings of modern linguistic research into detailed writing advice seldom found elsewhere.

Though it emphasizes the "sound" of the written voice throughout, the text also covers diction, coherence, and sentence variety. Glaser includes numerous open-ended exercises drawn from such areas as business, history, and popular science to encourage students to practice as they learn. Each chapter concludes with a boxed summary for quick reference and a "Your Writing" prompt, asking students to apply these principles directly to their own work.

The book also features a glossary of writing terms, a brief dictionary of usage, a guide to punctuation, and a detailed index. Downloadable exercises, useful writing links, and other help may be found at the author's website at http://www.wku.edu/~joe.glaser/mainpage.htm.

"Synopsis" by , Many writers view style as a dreaded Bermuda Triangle--they have no idea how to improve anything they have written. This book dispels much of that mystery, using the findings of modern linguistics to explore the relationship between written and spoken voices and to uncover little-known ways to control rhythm and emphasis.

With a focus on sound and voice, author Joe Glaser explains and illustrates measurable, non-subjective keys to good writing--an approach that yields practical writing techniques and advice rarely found elsewhere. An excellent choice for courses in advanced composition, the book also covers more standard topics such as economy, diction, coherence, and variety--along with abundant open-ended exercises drawn from business, history, popular science, and other areas. Each chapter includes a final, quick-reference summary and a "Your Writing" assignment that readers can apply directly to their own work.

Updated throughout, the second edition emphasizes word processing and Internet resources and includes a new chapter on subjects and predicates. The book also features a glossary of writing terms, a brief dictionary of usage, a guide to punctuation, and a detailed index.

Exercises, sample answers, analytical tools, writing links, and other helpful aids are available on the author's website at http://www.wku.edu/~joe.glaser/style%20home%20page.html.

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