Maybe you’re like me – you read “The Elements of Style” once, twice, three times…but you still feel overwhelmed by the plethora of advice. Every page is seething with wisdom, but implementing it regularly is difficult.
That’s why I’ve created the “The Infamous Strunke and White Quick-Edit Guide” – it’s a way to keep the principles of great writing before you at all times. This, too, is available for my first time e-mail subscribers.
Here’s the intro:
Dear New Scribblepreacher,
We’re so glad you’ve arrived. In your hands you hold an invaluable resource – a quick guide to the most important writing book penned to date.
The rules may seem rigid at first, but master the basics and rule-breaking will come when appropriate. I’ve tried to word each question in such a way as to remind those who’ve read the book of the content. If you haven’t picked up a copy of “Strunke and White’s ‘The Elements of Style’” Do yourself a favor and grab a copy.
If you choose not to, however, this guide will still prove useful.
Why is it so useful?
- It’s a way to remember the content. There are lots of rules in Strunke and White, and it’s easy to be overwhelmed. However, even a cursory read through the questions in this guide once a week will help ingrain them. If you happen to use the checklist after blog-posting, even better
- It’s a way to reveal tendencies. All writers are weak in some way – this checklist, even if used once a week – can reveal those naturally tendencies we all have to drift into lackadaisical writing.
- It’s a way to increase the value of your writing. With the advent of the internet, writing is plentiful. But good writing is still sparse. Good writers stand out above the rest – take the time to learn the basics, and you’ll stand out.
- It’s a way to hone your inner editor. Editing isn’t for every stage of the writing process. However, those who regularly practice good editing learn to write naturally in accordance with the basics. Use this guide often, and good writing will begin to come naturally. In other words, you’ll give your editing self less work!
- It’s a way to keep first things first. How do I know if my writing is good? What should I look for? What do I need to improve? While this guide isn’t definitive, it is a definitive starting point. Start with these basics, and the rest will be icing on the cake.
Enjoy yourself, write yourself, be yourself,
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