Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose (2nd by Mark Turner, Francis-Noel Thomas

By Mark Turner, Francis-Noel Thomas

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For greater than a decade, Clear and straightforward because the Truth has guided readers to contemplate type now not as a chic accent of potent prose yet as its very center. Francis-Noel Thomas and Mark Turner current writing as an highbrow task, now not a passive program of verbal abilities. In vintage sort, the intent is fact, the aim is presentation, the reader and author are highbrow equals, and the celebration is casual. This basic kind of presentation is at domestic far and wide, from enterprise memos to non-public letters and from journal articles to pupil essays. every person talks approximately kind, yet nobody explains it. The authors of this ebook do; and in doing so, they galvanize the reader to contemplate variety, no longer as a chic accent of powerful prose, yet as its very heart.

At a time while writing abilities have almost disappeared, what might be performed? If simply humans realized the rules of verbal correctness, the basic ideas, wouldn't sturdy prose easily fall into position? Thomas and Turner say no. getting to principles of grammar, feel, and sentence constitution will not more result in powerful prose than understanding the mechanics of a golfing swing will bring about a hole-in-one. in addition, ten-step courses to higher writing exacerbate the matter via failing to acknowledge, as Thomas and Turner indicate, that there are numerous types with various standards.

The ebook is split into 4 parts:
• the 1st, "Principles of vintage Style," defines the fashion and contrasts it with a couple of others.
• "The Museum" is a guided journey via examples of writing, either beautiful and execrable. • "The Studio," new to this version, provides a chain of dependent routines.
• ultimately, "Further Readings in vintage Prose" deals a listing of extra examples drawn from a number occasions, locations, and topics.

A spouse site, classicprose.com, bargains supplementary examples, indicates, and remark, and lines a variety of items written by way of scholars in classes that used Clear and straightforward because the Truth as a textbook.

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Anecdote) My mother said that she thinks the soccer league regulations say that teams have to be treated equally. (Reference to authority) I hope you agree, and will fix this problem. Sincerely, Holly Meridian Holly Meridian 45 After your children have had some experience writing about true events, in diaries or newspaper articles, suggest they try writing fiction. I think fiction writing helps children expand their imaginations, and their ability to understand other people. Plus it’s fun! It’s just like playing dolls, or war; the only difference is that it’s on paper, and the writer has complete control over everything.

What you want to find is a school that assigns independent reading, and then monitors the reading by requiring students to keep journals and attend conferences or book club meetings—or by some other means the student finds. 68 Look for schools that emphasize creative writing. I’m convinced that students don’t learn to write well doing only, or primarily, school-essay type writing. You know the kind of writing I mean: the essays that have an introduction, a thesis, maybe quotes and outside sources.

The finished picture might look okay (although never dazzling), but the artist learned little in doing the painting. It’s only when kids are turned loose and encouraged to do a great deal of writing that is exciting and meaningful to them that they start to acquire real fluency and a sophisticated sense of language. Once that happens, it’s easy to teach them conventional formats. 69 Look for a school that treats students like real authors. You want a school that displays student writing, that has activities like “authors” breakfasts—when parents are invited to read their children’s writing—and that supports student publications like newspapers and literary magazines.

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