The book on writing by Paula LaRocque


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The Book On Writing by Paula LaRoque is the definitive guide to writing well. For writers, words are the instruments, and Paula is the master. Her work is sound with lots of clear and useful advice. She understands the power of artful storytelling with simple and accurate word that have meaning. Her book is a journey worth taking and will improve any writer's craft.

She espouses principles such as keep sentences short, avoid pretensions, change long and difficult words to simpler, easy-to-understand phrases, watch out for jargon, fads, and cliches, use the right words, and get to the point.

Paula discusses story telling devices: archetype, character, plot, models, point of view, metaphor, sound and sense, and logic.

Outside of the devices are the methods for creating stories:
Don't say everything, at least don't say everything right now, mastering metaphors, write fast, edit slow, logic and speedy reading,

Finally Paula sums up the guide with a handbook of sorts. The handbook is a ready reference for style, use, and a summary of rules and ideas.

This is the best writing guide that I have found. It will help any author or writer, and will make your writing better. It is very substantive, and filled with useful information. If I were a beginning writer, I would start here.

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The book on writing by Paula LaRocque

  1. 1. P A U L A L A R O C Q U E The Book On Writing
  2. 2. How to Write Well  Paula LaRoque presents the definitive guide and handbook to writing well. She knows how to master language, semantics, and storytelling.  This guide is one of the best I’ve seen for practical advice on what to do while writing, and what NOT to do.
  3. 3. Keep Sentences Short  Among the guarded secrets to writing what people will understand is the concept of short punchy sentences.  Long sentences tend to ramble, and can confuse the reader. Short sentences have less chance of losing someone.  Sentences should be varied and stick to one main idea.
  4. 4. Avoid Pretentions  Say what your are going to say in the most natural way. Pretentions, or trying to sound more than what you truly are, only dilutes your voice and style and usually sounds hollow to readers.  Avoid gobbledygook and euphemisms.
  5. 5. Change Long and Difficult words  Write to be understood. Change long and general words to short, simple, and specific words.  Work to let the reader smoothly sail through your sentences and words, not pick through them slowly and need to re-read just to understand.
  6. 6. Watch Out for Jargon  Every vocation and field has its own vocabulary. Using a word that is common in a field, but uncommon outside of that field will usually separate the author from his audience.  It is OK to use specific Jargon if it is explained to the reader—but use it very sparingly.  Fads and Clichés will fade over time and will be unintelligible to future readers. Avoid those.
  7. 7. Use The Right Words  Be specific in your writing.  Avoid long dependent phrases.  Prefer active verbs and active voice  Stay away from adverbs.
  8. 8. Cut Wordiness  Just say what you are going to say. Reduce the wordiness to just what is necessary to get the point across.  Avoid vague qualifiers.
  9. 9. Get to The Point  Don’t beat around the bush. Build suspense with the story, and not by delaying what needs to be said.  Keep the story interesting, keep it moving, advance the characters and the story with every paragraph— no need for paragraphs or pages that don’t contribute to the advancement of the story.
  10. 10. Story Telling Devices  Archetype  Character  Plot  Models  Point of View  Metaphor  Sound and Sense  Logic
  11. 11. Archetype, Character, and Plot  Your story will revolve around elements of character, plot, situation, setting, etc.  Can you imagine the archetype of the character, setting, plot, and other story devices that you will model?  What will be different from those norms to make the story interesting yet understandable?  How will you portray those similarities and those differences?
  12. 12. Don’t Say Everything Right Now  A story teller reveals his story and his characters as the story goes along. There are things that the reader must know. Show the readers, don’t tell the readers those important parts of the story. Build suspense by withholding important pieces of information until the right time to display it.  Let the readers do some work to come to the conclusions that the story leads them to. Don’t give them everything.
  13. 13. Masters of Metaphor  The use of symbolism, simile and metaphor make a story more interesting and give it depth.  Names, places, objects can all have deeper meaning, and can set fire to your readers imagination.
  14. 14. Write Fast, Edit Slow  The first draft should be written as fast as it flows from your thoughts. Don’t edit while writing, just get it down on the paper.  The subsequent drafts are done with more critique and while “editing.”  Edit slowly and catch everything.
  15. 15. Logic and Speedy Reading  Logic is a major point in writing. A faulty conclusion will turn off readers very quickly. Editing slowly can catch many of those errors in logic that can end up on the paper when writing quickly, or reading quickly.
  16. 16. A Handbook  The last section of the book is the handbook, the concise guide to style and ready reference for the book in whole.  This really is one of the best guides to writing well, and the compendium in the handbook are the things that I come back to again and again.
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