A manual of writer's tricks by Carroll, David

By Carroll, David

The writer of ways to arrange Your Manuscript for a writer now offers extra crucial suggestion for fiction and nonfiction writers. This useful reference deals quick access to stratagems and tried-and-true literary shortcuts that aid writers keep time, increase kind and keep away from universal pitfalls. no matter if a newbie or pupil, novice or expert, readers will refer repeatedly to David Carroll's practical Read more...

summary: the writer of the way to organize Your Manuscript for a writer now provides extra crucial suggestion for fiction and nonfiction writers. This priceless reference deals quick access to stratagems and tried-and-true literary shortcuts that aid writers keep time, increase type and stay away from universal pitfalls. no matter if a newbie or pupil, novice or expert, readers will refer many times to David Carroll's useful counsel for: writing with expression; enhancing constitution; correcting and rewriting with larger potency; constructing "writer's logic"; fending off the dangers of burnout, boredom and absence of motivation; facing writer's block; and remodeling scholarly prose for larger readability

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In the following examples, note how the concrete, visually oriented sentences convey a miniworld of atmosphere and implication, and how the general sentences, devoid of such imagery, fall flat. 30 TRICKS FOR MORE EXPRESSIVE, COLORFUL WRITING General Concrete I tripped and fell to the ground. I tripped on a stump, flew through the air, and landed on my whoopsy-doodle. I hitched a ride to the city on a truck. I thumbed a ride with an army convoy truck into Denver. My back is sore all over. I ache along every nerve ending and vertebra of my spine.

You can tell me that "The ship was heavily weighted. " A picture is worth a thousand words. Persuade with examples, not opinions. The best method for making readers see things from your perspective is to present so much hard evidence and so 20 TONE many persuasive examples that they will reach your conclusions on their own. In this way readers are flattered into thinking they have figured it all out for themselves, and you appear all the more modest and intelligent for having gently pointed the way.

The best thing about these examples is that they take you off the hot seat and let others speak in your place. They are a kind of author's freebee that helps add stylistic variety to your prose, provides a diversion for the reader, and, best of all, invokes the voice of outside authority to bolster whatever point you are making . Let others make you sound good. Similarly, but with an emphasis on quotations and aphorisms, there are few devices that make prose scintillate more than amusing, apptopriate, and/or wise literary citations.

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