The Elements of Style
by Strunk and White. We had a discussion about style.A
touching style. The writing tries to invoke an emotion in another
person. To do this, pay attention to the details. To touch someone
emotionally, what details will you need?The
details come from close observation of the object or subject. It is
like research. In this example, observe the behaviour of an animal
(pet) and interpret this behaviour as if human.Reaching out to others is what writing is all about.
Style Note Number 22 (from The Elements of Style)
"Place the emphatic words of a sentence at the end." In
other words, your most forceful and vigorous words will come at the
end. The book goes on to say that this rule applies to sentences,
paragraphs, and essays, too!
"Through the middle of the valley flowed a winding stream
." A sentence example from The Elements of Style.Sometimes, turn the sentence around and put your subject at the end.Describe a favourite place. Try to use one "backwards" sentence where your subject is in the last positionStudent One
The city with dark red holly berries is my favourite place, where people are kind. The
sentence is backwards and so is correct. The student has also added
more information after the noun "place" (the subject) and this phrase
acts as an adjective. Student Two
favourite place in my house is my bedroom. One side of a glass wall has
my bedroom. On one side of my bedroom is a glass wall. We changed the
bold face sentence to the second example.
One student suggested that we could say "There is …" Don't do that!! There is and There are (avoid doing this in writing). In poetry every word counts. Write your prose in the same way. No waste.