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Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know about Writing (Harvest Book) di [O'Conner, Patricia T.]
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"O'Conner uses her playful sense of humor to help us swallow with a laugh the rules that schoolmarms once forced down students' throats.-The New York Times Book Review
"O'Conner is one of those sneaky-good writers: You don't see the effort behind her smoothness." "Read this one from end to end....Imagine what the Congressional Record would be like if bureaucrats wrote that way."-The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Will delight the word lovers on your shopping list...Sassy." -Detroit News Free Press
"Remember Woe Is I? Well, Ms. O'Conner is back and she hasn't lost her touch. This book is worth the price just to read her chapter titles and headings."-Writers' Exchange
"Patricia T. O'Conner's Woe Is I and Words Fail Me are readable, sympathetic to the struggling writer and often just plain funny."-the Seattle Times


Whether you are working on the novel that's been in the back of your mind for years or simply facing an increasing demand to write well at work or school, the fact remains: more and more of us are writing more often these days-reports, e-mails, faxes, and newsletters. But despite the increase in written communication, something has been lost-the fundamentals of good writing. Grammar maven Patricia T. O'Conner comes to the rescue with the most painless, practical, and funny writing book ever written. In short, snappy chapters filled with crystal-clear examples, amusing comparisons, and humorous allegories that cover everything from "Pronoun Pileups" and "Verbs That Zing" to "What to Do When You're Stuck," O'Conner provides simple, straightforward tips to help you sort your thoughts and make sentences that make sense. Push aside those stuffy old-fashioned rule books, because O'Conner has written the most accessible and enjoyable book yet for today's writer.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Editore: Mariner Books; 1 edizione (7 settembre 2000)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B004H1U2OC
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4.0 su 5 stelle A great guide to help you write yourself out of that corner 3 settembre 2016
Di J. Fuhrman - Pubblicato su
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I picked this book up after finishing O'Conner's other book, Woe is I, which I highly recommend. As the subtitle states, this book is less about hard rules and more about strategies to attack problems you're having with writing. There is a wealth of information here, all presented with her readable wit, but I did find myself skimming a few parts, only because this isn't the first book on craft I've read. I'm sure beginners will find a lot of great material here, and even though it treads over familiar territory, it was worth revisiting.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A valuable addition to any writer's library 28 novembre 2011
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Words Fail Me is one of about a dozen books on writing that I have in my library. I have several style manuals that cover just about everything there is to know in great detail (My Chicago manual of Style weighs several pounds and has over a thousand pages). I have books on technical writing, nonfiction writing, writing essays, even how to write fiction. For forty years, I did a lot of technical writing in my engineering job. Now retired, I still love to write, mostly book reviews and letters to the editor, and one nonfiction book.

As much as I love (and use) the other books, Words Fail Me is still one of my favorites, almost ten years after buying it. The author, Patricia O'Conner, goes beyond the basic nuts and bolts of writing, and gives real practical advice for analyzing your writing and making it better.

One example: The chapter titled "Give me a Break: Thinking in Paragraphs" addressed one of my problems--long run-on paragraphs. To sum up the author's advice: "We need a break every now and then, a chance to digest one thought before going on to another." That may be obvious to many people, but it got me to think about paragraphs and how to make my writing more readable.

I imagine that every topic in the book is probably covered in other books, but to have Ms. O'Conner's ideas all in one handy reference is invaluable. And she writes with warmth and humor, which makes the book so enjoyable as well as useful.

I heartily recommend Words Fail Me for anyone who wants to refine and improve their writing.
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4.0 su 5 stelle A Good Resource 15 dicembre 2013
Di Edward J. Barton - Pubblicato su
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The book is a wonderfully written, humorous view of how to write and a great reminder of the tips and tricks for writing fiction and non-fiction. O'Conner provides the reader a concise view of the writer's art. The chapters are short, direct, and the information the book conveys are great lessons for the novice writer and solid reminders for the experienced one.

Covering the landscape from word selection, grammar, structure and subject - the book is a great reminder of what good writing is and how to integrate best practice into your writing approach.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Sugar-flavored medicine for bad writing disease. 11 giugno 2004
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From the writer of "Woe Is I" comes the companion volume "Words Fail Me", full of invaluable insights on clear and correct writing, and as instructional, informative, practical and witty as its predecessor. This book, written in an engrossing, humorous and charming style, offers useful advice on effective writing, including topics such as subject, time and place, point of view, repetitions, rhythm, emotion, writer's block, sense and reason, and even the writer's audience.
It is extremely well organized for quick checkups, and covers both the basics and the not so basics that any decent guide on good writing should. The examples presented are carefully chosen to perfectly illustrate the advice given, and the tips and tricks included will permanently help you avoid the common errors that usually hinder the flow and smoothness of fine writing.
No book can make you a better writer, but this book can make you better at writing. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, a fiction or nonfiction writer, or simply someone who loves writing but dislikes studying the nuts-and-bolts of English in droning grammar and composition textbooks, this book will prove itself to be a priceless reference.
Besides the author's "Woe Is I" I also recommend, for equally sound advice on writing, minus the added wit and humor, Zinsser's "On Writing Well" and Strunk's "The Elements of Style."
--Reviewed by M. E. Volmar
5.0 su 5 stelle Five Stars 13 marzo 2017
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Great and eye-opening
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