Book on Writing The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well

ISBN-10: 0989236706
ISBN-13: 9780989236706
Edition: 2003
Authors: Paula LaRocque
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Book details

List price: $9.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Grey & Guvnor Press
Publication date: 9/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

You?re going to love the way Paula LaRocque teaches in The Book on Writing. A celebrated writing coach with a sense of humor and a gentle touch, she's also a master writer herself with a long and distinguished career in both teaching and practicing the art of writing. The Book on Writing contains 25 chapters in three sections: ? A dozen essential but easy-to-apply guidelines to good writing, from the importance of clarity to the value of a conversational tone. Paula LaRocque believes learning is easier and more successful when we are not only told but also shown. So her Book on Writing is chockfull of actual writing examples that supplement and illustrate principles that apply as naturally to fiction as they do to nonfiction. ? How to tell a story?from building suspense, to effective description, to the uses of metaphor and literary devices. Paula LaRocque also deals with the narrative ?engine? and the value of the archetype in plotting and characterization?as well as with pace and speed and leveling what she terms the ?speedbumps? in writing. ? A clear and concise handbook that deals with common problems in grammar, usage, punctuation, and style?the kind of problems that often trouble even wordsmiths. The handbook also debunks pesky language ?rules? that are actually myths. The Book on Writing is one-stop shopping for writers. Read it once, and you?ll be a better writer. Read it often, and you?ll be among the best.

Paula LaRocque was assistant managing editor and writing coach at The Dallas Morning News for 20 years. She also taught writing at Western Michigan, Texas A&M, Southern Methodist, and Texas Christian universities. She worked as a consultant for the Associated Press; the Drehscheibe Institute in Bonn, Germany; the European Stars & Stripes, and for many other institutions, businesses, publications, and government agencies. In 2001, she received the Associated Press Managing Editors Association's Meritorious Service Award for Exemplary Contribution to Journalism. Her columns on writing have appeared regularly in Quill magazine for nearly 25 years. She has authored three nonfiction books--including her popular 2003 work, The Book on Writing: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well. Reviewers praised her first fiction, Chalk Line, a Ben Gallagher mystery published in 2011.

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