Lively Art of Writing

ISBN-10: 0451627121

ISBN-13: 9780451627124

Edition: N/A

Authors: Lucile Vaughan Payne, Lucille V. Payne

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Students, teachers, businessmen, aspiring authors, and complaining consumers all have one thing in common--the need to express successfully ideas, opinions, arguments, problems, explanations, or instructions through the medium of the written word. And The Lively Art of Writing is the perfect guide to the mastery of this essential skill. It will answer all of your questions, provide you with the best techniques, and offer important information about: * Choosing a subject * Working with words * The sound of sentences * The power of paragraphs * Essentials of style * Essays, theses, and term papers * And much, much more
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List price: $6.99
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 3/1/1969
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

A Note to the Student
What Is an Essay?
Subjects for Essays
What Is an Opinion, and How Do You Reach It?
What Makes an Opinion Interesting?
Examining the Opposition
Believe What You Say
From Opinion to Thesis
"Closing In" on Your Thesis
The Five-Step Process
A Subject Close to Home
The Full and Final Thesis
Elements of a Full Thesis
The Psychology of Argument
Strongest Argument Last
Form of the Full Thesis
The Introduction
No Bombs, Please
The Big Middle Section
Refer to Your Full Thesis
Your Strongest Argument
The Conclusion
Back to Beginnings
Understand the Structure
Tying In the Middle Section
First Steps Toward Style
The First Commandment
The Second Commandment
The Size and Shape of Middle Paragraphs
One Point, One Paragraph
Length of Paragraphs
Basic Paragraph Structure
Developing a Paragraph
Picture-Frame Paragraphs
Connections Between Paragraphs
Standard Devices
A Note on "however"
Paragraph Hooks
The Combinations
The Passive Voice
What It Is, and How to Beat It
Adrift in Nobody-Land
Making the Subject Perform
Why Passive Voice at All?
A Plan for Self-Protection
The Sound of Sentences
The Rhythm of Speech
Getting Inside the Sentence
The Basic Statement
The Strung-Along Sentence
The Periodic Sentence
The Combinations
Selecting the Details
Expanding the Subject
Expanding the Verb
Expanding the Rest of the Sentence
Parallel Structure
Look for the Common Denominator
The Smaller Parallels
A Way with Words
Synonyms and Antonyms
Big Words and Small
The Solemn Vapors
Metaphor and Simile
Odds and Ends and Means
The Terrible Three
The Troublesome Twenty-Seven
More Freedom and a Few Flourishes
First Person at Last
How to Write Badly by Trying Very, Very Hard
The Fully Ironic Essay
The Ironic Touch
Writing the Term Paper
The Trial Thesis
Procedure for Research
The Final Thesis
Your Paper Is in the Cards
Writing the First Draft
The Final Draft
Summing Up
Handy Reminders
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