The Lively Art Of Writing: Words, Sentences, Style And Technique -- An Essential Guide To One Of Today's Most Necessary Skills by Lucile Vaughan PayneThe Lively Art Of Writing: Words, Sentences, Style And Technique -- An Essential Guide To One Of Today's Most Necessary Skills by Lucile Vaughan Payne

The Lively Art Of Writing: Words, Sentences, Style And Technique -- An Essential Guide To One Of…

byLucile Vaughan Payne

Mass Market Paperback | March 1, 1969

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An essential guide that will imprive your writing style and help you say exactly what you want to say.

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...
Lucile Vaughan Payne is the author of The Lively Art of Writing.
Title:The Lively Art Of Writing: Words, Sentences, Style And Technique -- An Essential Guide To One Of…Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 6.88 × 4.25 × 0.5 inPublished:March 1, 1969Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0451627121

ISBN - 13:9780451627124

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lively Art of Writing One of the few books on writing essays that is actually well written, brief and funny, The Lively Art of Writing explains the structure of an essay visually. The author demonstrates how the correct format works to make your essay answer the questions that a reader might have about a topic and explain your point of view clearly. She illustrates the errors that new and not-so-new writers often make and shows you how to build sentences that avoid them. The book was originally recommended to me by an expert English teacher when I wanted a book for high school and university students to use when they wanted to improve their essays and exam answers. I found that when I used the book as a teaching guide, my own writing improved effortlessly. The paperback version is inexpensive and still the best book on the topic that I have read or used.
Date published: 2005-11-25

Table of Contents

A Note to the Student

Chapter 1 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

Chapter 2 From Opinion to Thesis
"Closing In" on Your Thesis
The Five-Step Process
A Subject Close to Home

Chapter 3 The Full and Final Thesis
Elements of a Full Thesis
The Psychology of Argument
Strongest Argument Last
Form of the Full Thesis

Chapter 4 Structure
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


Chapter 5 First Steps toward Style
The First Commandment
The Second Commandment

Chapter 6 The Size and Shape of Middle Paragraphs
One Point, One Paragraph
Length of Paragraphs
Basic Paragraph Structure
Developing a Paragraph
Picture-Frame Paragraphs

Chapter 7 Connections between Paragraphs
Standard Devices
A Note on 'however"
Paragraph Hooks
The Combinations

Chapter 8 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

Chapter 9 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

Chapter 10 Parallel Structure
Look for the Common Denominator
The Smaller Parallels

Chapter 11 A Way with Words
Synonyms and Antonyms
Big Words and Small
The Solemn Vapors
Metaphor and Simile

Chapter 12 Odds and Ends and Means
The Terrible Three
The Troublesome Twenty-Seven

Chapter 13 More Freedom and a Few Flourishes
Assignment 1: First Person at Last
Assignment 2: How to Write Badly by Trying Very, Very Hard
Assignments 3 and 4: Irony
The Fully Ironic Essay
The Ironic Touch

Chapter 14 Writing the Term Paper
The Trial Thesis
Procedure for Research
The Final
Your Paper Is in the Cards
Writing the First Draft
The Final Draft

Chapter 15 Summing Up

Handy Reminders