"The book Pinker wishes he wrote." "Move over, Strunk and White." "Without peer." "Trust me; it works." "Just the right blend of rigor, encouragement, and fun." "Both useful and a pleasure." "A bounty of usable information."
Everyone, these days, is a writer. Whether you like it or not, you will have to write in school and on the job. Even in "non-writing" professions -- like engineering, coding, medicine, accounting, and more -- you have to write emails and memos and reports.
The problem is that most of us were mis-taught. As a result, we get writer's block. Or we get tangled up. We spend way too much time writing. And we don't get the results we want and need.
The answer is right here.
The Elements of Writing offers a simple, intuitive approach to writing well in all fields. At the center of The Elements is this simple idea: Almost all challenges of writing -- storytelling, mechanics, and analysis -- fit a simple 1-2-3 format. When you understand how this format works, you can master all of the simple skills you need to write better and faster than ever before.
Charlie Euchner, the author of The Elements of Writing and other acclaimed books on baseball, civil rights, cities, and TV -- not only shows you what to do but also how to do it.
Step by step, Euchner explains the simple "tricks of the trade" you can apply right away.
You probably know some of these simple patterns already. But Euchner points them out and explains how they work, step by step.
Then Euchner calls on a "hall of fame" cast to show you how to do it. Every single skill has a "case study," which shows how great writers and storytellers -- from Homer to Shakespeare to Hemingway to Capote, and dozens more -- apply the skills that Euchner explains.
Most writing guides offer vague advice on writing: "Grab the reader right away!" "Keep it short!" "Keep it simple!" "Show, don't tell!" All good advice. But only Charlie Euchner explains, step by step, how to do it. He gives you powerful systems and guides so that you can improve your writing -- dramatically -- the next time you sit down to work.
Euchner is a respected author and teacher, who has delivered writing seminars to corporate and educational clients all over the U.S. His books include Nobody Turn Me Around, the classic work on the civil rights movement; Playing the Field, the landmark critique of the sports stadium scam; The Last Nine Innings, the "last word on the inside game of baseball," according to sportswriting legend Frank Deford; and other works called "crackling and dynamic," "powerful," "persuasive," and "must reading."
Euchner now teaches writing at Columbia University. Previously he taught at Yale and Holy Cross. He also ran a public policy think tank at Harvard.
The Elements of Writing is a one-of-a-kind book. Simple and straightforward, easy to use, it shows EXACTLY what to do to master EVERY writing skill.
How did Charlie Euchner come up with this complete system for writers in all fields?
Euchner developed The Elements by systematically “reverse-engineering” some of the best writers from antiquity to modern times. The Elements provides close to 100 case studies. Euchner shows, step by step, how the best writers deal with everything from character development to editing messy drafts.
It's time to make writing your greatest asset -- whatever you do, wherever you do it. Make 2018 the Year of Writing Powerfully, with The Elements of Writing.