July 19th, 2016
Episode 312 of 376 episodes
Whether you write all the time, or only occasionally, you’ve probably thought about how to write better. One of the best books about writing is The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr., and E. B. White. It has been in print for forty years. I don’t know anything about Strunk, but I’m a huge fan of the writing of E. B. White. I love his children’s books of course — masterpieces like Charlotte’s Web and The Trumpet of the Swan — and I also love his brilliant essays, like Here Is New York, and the Letters of E. B. White. So I pay close attention to whatever he says about style. The reminders from The Elements of Style include: Place yourself in the background. Zoikes, so I don’t adhere to this element. Not an auspicious start. Write in a way that comes naturally. Phew, I do better with this one. Work from a suitable design. I couldn’t agree more. Structure is the most important element. Whenever I write a book, a blog post, a podcast episode, the first issue is the structure. Write with nouns and verbs. It sounds so easy, right? But as we all know from reading, many people ... The post Want to Write Better? 21 Reminders about the Elements of Good Style. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.
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