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Word Up! How to Write Powerful Sentences and Paragraphs (And Everything You Build from Them) (English Edition) di [Johnston, Marcia Riefer]
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Lots of books can strengthen your writing. Few also leave you smiling. You're looking at one.

You may write blog posts, e-books, e-mails, executive summaries, e-zine articles, hospital-hallway signs, presentations, proposals, lab reports, letters to the editor, love letters, lunch-bag notes, movie reviews, news stories, novels, online help, plays, poems, proposals, recipes, reference manuals, scholarly critiques, speeches, term papers, tweets, user-interface text, video scripts, web pages, or white papers.

You may write for a million readers or for one. You may use a pen, a typewriter, a wiki, or an XML authoring tool. You may be a grammar snob, or you may think that "grammar snobs are great big meanies." You may write because something within you says you can't not write--or because your boss says you can't not write. No matter what you write, or how or why, you and every other writer have two things in common: you use words, and you want someone to want to read them.

How do you get people to want to read your words? Know your subject. Know your audience. And write powerfully. This book can help you write powerfully.

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  • Lunghezza stampa: 270
  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 0985820306
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  • Editore: Northwest Brainstorms Publishing (27 aprile 2013)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
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5.0 su 5 stelle Word Up! helps writers on three levels 15 dicembre 2013
Di Bette Frick. - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Word Up! offers advice on three levels:

1. Grammar help: Clear explanations of difficult topics such as hyphenation, who vs. whom, and painful personal pronoun pairings (such as her and I).
2. Writing help: Valuable advice on how to energize your writing: “Want one tip, a single bloat-busting strategy guaranteed to energize your sentences? Dump to be” (p. 13). She provides splendid examples. And I’m wise enough to take her advice. For example, a few sentences above, I originally wrote: “I wanted to see if it [her book] was a home run or not.” I revised that to read, “I wanted to see if she had hit her home run; she had!” That’s stronger, don’t you think?
3. Better explanations than my graduate school heroes, Quirk and Greenbaum (A Concise Grammar of Contemporary English): For example, I’ve never read a clearer explanation of the difference between prepositions, verb particles, and adverbs than her chapter “You Don’t Know From Prepositions.” Unless you’re a closet linguist, this topic might not really excite you, but at least you’ll find the chapter clear and easy to follow.

However, I would like to challenge her chapter, “The Last Word.” She quotes many experts, including Bryan Garner, Strunk and White, and William Zinsser, whom she says all insist that the most important point should be placed at the end of the sentence, paragraph, or document, and she provides many of their examples. Placing the most important point at the end may work well in essays, fiction, and political speeches, but I would argue that technical and business readers want to know the “bottom line on top”: What is the point? Why am I reading this? What lies ahead? Don’t give me a mystery novel; tell me what you are going to tell me right at the beginning. We’ve agreed to talk about this soon to see if there might be some middle ground.

The glossary is superb, providing clear explanations for some of most commonly misunderstood grammatical and writing terms.

And try as I might, I could not find a single typo or editorial lapse. Marcia is a master writer. Hang out enough with her book, and you might get there too!
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5.0 su 5 stelle The best of a burdensome bunch 15 ottobre 2015
Di George D. Gopen - Pubblicato su
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I have just completed the laborious job of investigating the current top 20 best sellers among writing books. "Word up!" is the one that gave me the most joy and the least annoyance. I've published three books on writing myself, and am in the process of getting a contract for a fourth. Hence the careful look at "the competition." Marcia Riefer Johnston gives better advice than most of the other experts because she realizes the futility of fashioning strict rules. Language is too slippery to be contained within the bounds of the kinds of restrictions promulgated in the 18th century, with which we are still burdened. For example, instead of telling us always to avoid the passive (which would be very bad advice indeed), she explains how the passive functions, letting us see when it can be used to good effect. In addition, she has struck a successful balance between intensity and humor. She knows how hard writing can be; and her advice helps us through some of the roughest spots. Take an especially good look at her imaginative final chapter. Don't ignore the wonderfully helpful glossary. From this book, you can learn a great deal, and enjoy yourself along the way.
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4.0 su 5 stelle A Book with Personality 24 agosto 2016
Di Rebecca of Amazon - Pubblicato su
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"Words are power!" ~ Dr. Byron H. Gibson

If you are ready to take command of words, reading this book will help you see when to follow rules and when to break them. Do you have a desire to communicate effectively? This book will give you some tips on how to write powerfully by for example, tightening your sentences.

Marcia Riefer Johnston is a very smart writer who doesn't waste words and her sentences in this book prove a certain lesson gained from experience. The more she writes, the better she gets. Her writing about a trip is the crowning glory of the book but I thought she was a bit indulgent to analyze it. So be prepared for 9 excerpts with explanations.

The book ends at 62% so it was not as long as I expected. Then there is an Appendix and an "extensive" glossary. I'll read the glossary slowly over time. It has some interesting subjects and words to discover.

I believe this book took a lot of effort and research to write. I think Marcia Riefer Johnston should be congratulated on the way she effectively keeps your attention with her wit and wisdom.

I will say that I read this book at the right time. I felt total sympathy for her story about a difficult to read user guide. I have recently encountered an instruction book which has much to be desired.

Other things this book taught me was why Julia Child was such a successful writer and why some of us suffer from infobesity. The section on making your writing more understandable for those reading on smaller devices was well worth reading.

So overall this book is intriguing and is a far leap away from regular old grammar books. This book has personality.

~The Rebecca Review
7 di 8 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
3.0 su 5 stelle Fluffy, annoying style, and not to the point 16 ottobre 2015
Di MJ - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I purchased the Kindle edition but didn't find the book as expected. It looks like a transcription of a series of seminars. The content is fluffy and I regret to say that the author did not respect the time a reader has to spend on it by filling a 100-page book with unnecessary phrases and discussions to make it 270 pages. Two examples:

"Silly, I know. The point is that whom, the word itself— right or wrong— offends some people’s sensibilities. “Who’s she calling offended?” I can practically hear people whispering. Even talking about the word whom feels somehow impolite. Presumptuous. Un-American. Dropping the m has become a form of cultural sensitivity, an expression of democratic values, a way of saying, “We’re in this together.” If you and I were created equal, common usage seems to say, why shouldn’t who and whom be equal too?"

"Does the lowly hyphen— that dinky half-dash, that barely-there conjoiner of words, that “pest of the punctuation family” 45— deserve a whole essay in a book on writing powerfully? Is any punctuation mark less emblematic of power? If you were choosing teammates, you’d pick the hyphen last. A hyphen doesn’t even merit sand in the face; bullies simply ignore it, inflicting the ultimate humiliation: leaving it out."

There are also many paragraphs hard to understand. The book does not deserve a five-star rating in my opinion. However, it contains some useful materials.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Love it 31 luglio 2014
Di Scot - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I have a new book to store in my Powers That Be reference shelf. This shelf holds what I consider to be the pantheon of grammar and stylistic reference material. This collection includes Garner's Modern American Usage and Grammar Girl's The Grammar Devotional.

And now it also displays Marcia Riefer Johnson's Word Up! How to Write Powerful Sentences and Paragraphs (And Everything You Build from Them). This wonderful book is worth reading if only for the chapter on writing procedures.

But it's the entire book that I find so helpful, both in the new ideas it contains, and the reminders of rules that I've cast aside (mostly out of forgetfulness). I found helpful hints and reminders for the Scot who works as a writer, and for the Scot who works as an editor.

I will be referring to Marcia's work often and, in the course of this blog, please note that all future errors I make are due my own neglect rather than Marcia's teaching.

If you're serious about your writing, I encourage you to read Word Up!
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