Title: The Art of Writing
Author: Peter Yang
Publisher: TCK Publishing
“These principles serve as a necessary foundation for anyone wanting to enrich their writing, which will, in turn, enrich their life,” Peter Yang states in the introduction of his book, The Art of Writing: Four Principles for Great Writing that Everyone Needs to Know.
~ What ~
At sixty-six pages, this small paperback that is also available as an ebook targets authors who want to improve their writing skills while maintaining their creativity, individuality, and purpose.
After an introduction, the book is divided into five sections, followed by the author’s biography and information. The chapters cover four principles of economy, transparency, variety, and harmony as well as meditations on writing.
~ Why ~
Great writing life skills are waxing and waning since the digital era autocorrects, offers instant solutions, and formats wording without considering its possible connotations. I appreciate how the author discusses a myriad of topics in a short, concise matter while explaining thoroughly their ramifications. Some included are how to avoid crutches, repetition, and punctuation mistakes while being intentional, describing with purpose, and meticulous with modifiers. By using a variety of sentence and paragraph structures as well as word choices, artistic harmony in language and thoughts clarify excellent writing. The script also adds tips on how reading, making use of time, and conveying the truth play a factor in properly putting the pen to paper.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not care about writing or have no interest in it may have no need for this read. Others may feel they need not be reminded to avoid using filler words, write more actively than passively, and use the Pareto principle to name a few.
~ Wish ~
While Yang does a comprehensive job on what to do or not to do when writing, he did not mention the often incorrect use of the ellipsis or dangling prepositions (which some accept nowadays). Including an index would be helpful.
~ Want ~
If you attain to be an artistic author and want to continually improve your skills, this small but powerful book will encourage and enlighten you in ways you may not have considered while enhancing your writing style.
Thanks to Peter Yang and TCK Publishing for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2R3LXtT
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