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  1. heyharris1

    heyharris1 Senior Member

    Sep 16, 2007
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    las vegas, nevada

    books to help understand writing

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by heyharris1, Oct 1, 2007.

  2. dushechka

    dushechka Contributing Member

    Jul 21, 2007
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    Never heard of those.. Will have to check them out.

    The one book I've used for years (as most people probably have?) is
    The Elements of Style - E.B. White.

    Very good in the grammar / style of writing department.
  3. Funny Bunny

    Funny Bunny Contributing Member

    Sep 20, 2007
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    The book that really opened my eyes to the main things I was doing wrong is a book on creating non-fiction by a 2X Pulitzer prize winner named Jon Franklin called "Writing For Story." One to the things it covers is "finding" what the real story is, not the perceived story. He goes into all the stuff I harp about like "write from the end" and so on.

    William Zissner's "On Writing Well" is another.

    Joseph. M. Williams's "Style: Toward Clarity and Grace." (Yellow cover with big "Style" in the center)

    Grammar books are fine but you have to get to a level of "book" not "sentence." Grammar is more about constructiong sentances, not larger items. You need books on structure--a lot of us "college educated" writers covered that in classes. The books I mentioned were the most helpful to me. Williams's "Chain" structures are what it is all about.

    If you go to Half.com, or Amazon look in the college textbooks or general books and see if you can find used books on story structure. Also, you can browse books in the library. Look in the "how to write" area. Ask a librarian. If you like a book, then buy it.
    (Oh, my family lives in Vancouver!!!)

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