« How Good People Deliver Bad News | Main | Sic 'Im »

April 06, 2007


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Where else would I go to learn about style, commas and the benefits of memorization?

Thank you for the perfect post to end the week with.

Looking forward to the good that plagiarism can do!

Keep creating,

I've been reading your blog since Jon Carroll recommended you, and I must say this was one of your best posts. Thanks for a couple of great book ideas.

Mike--Yagoda tells us in his introduction to "The Voice on the Page" that he wrote the book to fill a gap. He says one reason for "the paucity of books on individual style" is that it's so hard to separate content from style. I certainly haven't found other books that treat the subject of writing style as intimately and comprehensively as he does. On the other hand, there are dozens of books that purport to tell writers how to "get in touch with their inner voice." (Natalie Goldberg's "Writing Down the Bones" and its successors are probably the most famous.) The problem with this approach is that it's all about the writer and not one bit about communicating with a reader.

As for commas and their kin, you could do no better than to read everything Bill Walsh writes, starting with "Lapsing into a Comma" and "The Elephants of Style" and continuing with his web site, www.theslot.com, and his blog, http://theslot.blogslot.com. I would avoid at all costs Lynne Truss's misinformed best-seller, "Eats, Shoots & Leaves."

And memorization? Can't help you there. It fell out of favor in education about 30 years ago and is awaiting a resurrection. I hope Yagoda's endorsement sparks a revival.

I love to read Mark Helprin. I could stare at one of his paragraphs for hours. Well, quarters-of-an-hour anyway. The craftsmanship is intricate and evocative.

To write like him, however; what audience has the time to read it?

The comments to this entry are closed.


  • Pinterest
    Follow Me on Pinterest
My Photo

My Web Site

Top 25 Language Language Professional Blogs 2014
Top 25 Language Professionals Blogs 2012
Top 25 Language Professionals Blogs 2011
Top 10 Language Professionals Blogs 2010
Top 100 Language Blogs 2009

Your email address:

Powered by FeedBlitz

Bookmark and Share


Top 25 Language Language Professional Blogs 2014