Elements of Style

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Each well-read author has taken some kind of consistent action to achieve publication goals. While being schooled in the craft, the literary world is moving forward – whooshing by us at high speeds. How do we keep pace with what is current?

Searching for the next great learning tool should become as natural as breathing. Classes, videos and ebooks flood the market each year. With only so many hours available to us each day, choosing the right writing resource can be arduous work. Even so, our work needs to be refined, relevant and marketable.

Some years ago, I happened upon a book that captured a wealth of information in just a few pages. Some writers refer to it as their writing bible, but it is formally titled, The Elements of Style (by William Strunk, Jr., and E.B. white). If it is not already occupying a space on your shelf, perhaps it is time to pick up a copy.

Elements of Style was originally published in 1920. It has been revised and updated since. Compact enough to carry in your pocket, it combines rules of writing, sentence structure and other information all word engineers need to know. It is also useful for college students and should be a required tool for anyone who writes for a living. Because it is the consummate example of tight writing, it is a fairly quick read.


You can find Elements of Style in most book stores. It is also available on Amazon in both ebook and paperback.

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4 thoughts on “Elements of Style

    bridiemcguire said:
    January 16, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Yes, very essential! I also have Elements of Grammar, by Margaret Shertzer, and some others, like Roget’s Super Thesaurus, and Roget’s Thesaurus of Phrases, and a bunch of others — some people may not need them, but with age, memory goes south ….

      Ash Creek Writers responded:
      January 18, 2015 at 1:51 am

      Great books as well!

      Jana Brock said:
      January 18, 2015 at 4:20 am

      I have all of those books too, Bridie! Our writer’s library is probably identical 🙂

    Jana Brock said:
    January 16, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Reblogged this on Jana Brock and commented:
    Elements of Style: Jana Brock / Ash Creek Writers

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