Writing with Style: from William Strunk Jr., E.B. White – Part 1
Every serious writer must have heard of the 1918-published style guide The Elements of Style by the late American professor of English William Strunk Jr. and his student, the legendary American children’s books writer E.B. White. Notable authors from the past to the present have highly recommended the nearly-a-century-old book to hopeful writers.
“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style.”- Dorothy Parker
“I’ll tell you right now that every aspiring writer should read The Elements of Style. Rule 17 in the chapter titled Principles of Composition is “Omit needless words.” I will try to do that here.”– Stephen King, On Writing
The iUniverse Writer’s Tips pulls in editing tips from this Time Magazine-acclaimed book considered “one of the 100 best and most influential books written in English since 1923.” These guidelines have guided many an influential writer, and we believe they will also serve you well. First, a word from White:
“Young writers often suppose that style is a garnish for the meat of prose, a sauce by which a dull dish is made palatable. Style has no such separate entity; it is nondetachable, unfilterable. The beginner should approach style warily, realizing that it is himself he is approaching, no other; and he should begin by turning resolutely away from all devices that are popularly believed to indicate style — all mannerisms, tricks, adornments. The approach to style is by way of plainness, simplicity, orderliness, sincerity.” – E.B. White