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- Editor: Northwest Brainstorms Publishing (27 de abril de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0985820306
- ISBN-13: 978-0985820305
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Word Up! How to Write Powerful Sentences and Paragraphs (and Everything You Build from Them) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 27 abr 2013
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Want to write more powerfully? You've come to the right book. "Word Up!"--an eclectic collection of essays, more inspiration guide than style guide--serves up tips and insights for anyone who wants to write with more umph. "Word Up!" does what too few writing books do: it practices while preaching, shows while telling, uses powerful writing to talk about powerful writing. "Word Up!" explores the perplexities and celebrates the pleasures of the English language. It leaves you smiling--and ready to conquer your next blank (or blah) page.
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1. Grammar help: Clear explanations of difficult topics such as hyphenation, who vs. whom, and painful personal pronoun pairings (such as her and I).
2. Writing help: Valuable advice on how to energize your writing: “Want one tip, a single bloat-busting strategy guaranteed to energize your sentences? Dump to be” (p. 13). She provides splendid examples. And I’m wise enough to take her advice. For example, a few sentences above, I originally wrote: “I wanted to see if it [her book] was a home run or not.” I revised that to read, “I wanted to see if she had hit her home run; she had!” That’s stronger, don’t you think?
3. Better explanations than my graduate school heroes, Quirk and Greenbaum (A Concise Grammar of Contemporary English): For example, I’ve never read a clearer explanation of the difference between prepositions, verb particles, and adverbs than her chapter “You Don’t Know From Prepositions.” Unless you’re a closet linguist, this topic might not really excite you, but at least you’ll find the chapter clear and easy to follow.
However, I would like to challenge her chapter, “The Last Word.” She quotes many experts, including Bryan Garner, Strunk and White, and William Zinsser, whom she says all insist that the most important point should be placed at the end of the sentence, paragraph, or document, and she provides many of their examples. Placing the most important point at the end may work well in essays, fiction, and political speeches, but I would argue that technical and business readers want to know the “bottom line on top”: What is the point? Why am I reading this? What lies ahead? Don’t give me a mystery novel; tell me what you are going to tell me right at the beginning. We’ve agreed to talk about this soon to see if there might be some middle ground.
The glossary is superb, providing clear explanations for some of most commonly misunderstood grammatical and writing terms.
And try as I might, I could not find a single typo or editorial lapse. Marcia is a master writer. Hang out enough with her book, and you might get there too!
Writing well and correctly (the former often stems from the latter) is becoming a lost art. Granted, language is fluid and always evolving. But there are still some facets of English that are simply fact. WORD UP is a great introduction or refresher for such topics. I am still reading the book. I read each chapter (or perhaps two, maybe three) and then pause for a day or two to ruminate on the lesson. Some lessons are refreshers while some teach me something new. The book is carefully annotated using outside sources, style guides, references books, etc. So take heart that you're getting solid advice.
As a brief example I read and enjoyed this morning, consider compound adjectives, aka phrasal adjectives. These are two adjectives that come before a noun. The question is whether or not they require a hyphen. Marcia gives this example:
"[Consider] a sign not far from my neighborhood. In large letters, it gives this command: FEAR FREE DENTISTRY. Maybe these dentists intend to scare people away from free dentistry. Probably, though, they intend to advertise fear-free dentistry. (Their omission scares me away. I don't want anyone that sloppy coming at me with a drill.)"
See how important a tiny little hyphen can be? And see how funny Marcia is? This is not another dry style guide. It's fun!
To be blunt, most people NEED this book. I was an English Lit major and am a professional writer and even I need/use/enjoy this book.
You should, too.