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I can't add much to what already has been said about this book. Ok, if you are not a grammar nerd, you might not find it especially appealing -- it's a grammar book afer all -- but if you feel like you keep making again and again the same mistakes, this approach to grammar could be one of the best ways to go.
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.
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.
Patricia O'Connor is definitely my favorite writer on writing. After I read Woe is I, I was encouraged to go full steam ahead on my writing path. I have always been told to write my stories because I have led such an interesting life. I joined a Memoirs Writing group at a local college and haven't quit since. I have a ton (some are very heavy) of stories and poems now on my own blog spot and also our class blog. Thanks Patricia O'Connor for being so real and not too erudite. I recommend her books to all you creative souls out there who wish to write.
That a book on grammar, syntax, and word usage could be readable is unusual in itself. That the reading could be a pleasure, rendering this a book which you will find tucked under your arm as you travel through your day, awaiting any opportunity to continue the read is astounding. Patricia T. O'Conner is a writer's writer. Your passion for words -- and your delight at a bit of humor on the side -- will be fully indulged in this magnificent guide to the proper use of the English language in writing. This sequel to the marvelously informative and light-hearted <i> Woe Is I </i> should be on the shelf of any serious writer or linguist. A Must Have title, in my opinion.
The book covered the basics and then some but did not get bogged-down in the nitty gritty. Because it was humorous, I read the entire book. Have you ever heard of anyone laughing out load while reading a book on grammar because it’s funny? This one is