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Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM By Patricia T. O'Conner

A fun, focused guide to making words work for you Whether you are working on the novel that s been in the back of your mind for years or simply facing an increasing demand to write well at work or school, the fact remains we all write often these days, be it reports, e mails, blog posts, or texts But despite the increase in written communication, the fundamentals oA fun, focused guide to making words work for you Whether you are working on the novel that s been in the back of your mind for years or simply facing an increasing demand to write well at work or school, the fact remains we all write often these days, be it reports, e mails, blog posts, or texts But despite the increase in written communication, the fundamentals of good writing have been lost Grammar maven Patricia T O Conner comes to the rescue with the most painless, practical, and funny writing book ever written In short, snappy chapters filled with crystal clear examples, amusing comparisons, and humorous allegories that cover everything from Pronoun Pileups and Verbs That Zing to What to Do When You re Stuck, O Conner provides simple, straightforward tips to help you sort through your thoughts and make your sentences strong.
  • Title: Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know about Writing
  • Author: Patricia T. O'Conner
  • ISBN: 9780156010870
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback

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Shoujo85 Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
** This is a QUICK REVIEW of my thoughts on the book **Very easy to read. Doesn’t feel old or dated despite being written a dozen years ago. A practical and humorous approach to improving your writing, whether it be fiction or non-fiction.Has lots of tips (with loads of simple and practical examples) on how to rearrange a perplexing or ambiguous sentence so the meaning becomes crystal clear. This is especially helpful when there are two or more people in a sentence and the ‘his’ (or ‘her [...]
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Beckie Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
"Words Fail Me" is a practical and positively delightful writing book. Patricia O'Conner has a lovely sense of humor, and her style makes even well-known advice sound fresh. One expects much of the author of a writing book, and she delivers.This book could be a quick read, unless the intention is to absorb all of the advice. The chapters are short and breezy, but they also contain a lot of wisdom. In other words, here's another short book that took a long time to read.Some of the advice O'Conner [...]
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Emily Dy Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
Back when I was still a newbie magazine writer, this book served as my intro to non-academic writing. Not only does O'Conner humorously tackle the major grammatical errors that writers make, she also dedicates a few chapters to issues such as thought organization, research and finding your writing routine.This book is simple (and painless) enough for anyone to read - not just (beginner) professional writers but also anyone whose job requires him/her to do a lot of writing.Seasoned writers may fi [...]
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♥ Ibrahim ♥ Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
This is a book I could read more than once and list as one of my favorites. Imagine a beloved mother teaching you how to write with style and she is coaching you along the way so you don't fall into certain pitfalls by force of habit, and she does it all with such a great sense of humor and full of zestThis is Patricia O'Conner! I love her books and I can just go back to read them over and over again for the fun of it. I feel like I am gleaning a lot and I am making lots of useful notes that wil [...]
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Douglas Florian Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
Patricia O'Connor has a way with words. And it's the right way and a witty way. From "Grammar Moses" to "Revise and Consent" this book steers writers, both green and jaded, to be more clear, engaging and aware in their work.
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Joshua Blair Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
Some basic writing tips are hidden among fluffy filler paragraphs that often try to be funny and fail miserably.
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Donna Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
LOTS of useful information, well written & humorous.
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Ebard Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
Gets a little too technical sometimes (sentence structure), but I think it will be really useful. It just requires a second reading. Then a third.
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Donna Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
Great book for aspiring writers. I've taken writing courses, but this book contains the essence of these courses. Easy to read and apply.
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rabbitprincess Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
* * * * 1/2An excellent guide on writing from a very witty writer. The advice she provides is common sense: use small words, choose strong verbs, vary your sentence length, know your audience, and so on. She also acknowledges when some of her tips might not be as helpful: for example, if you're writing a boring scientific paper, the expected style is long sentences, indirect prose, and five-dollar words. The following anecdote brings that point home:My husband once helped a French scientist tran [...]
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Glen Engel-Cox Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
It's one of life's little ironies that you find yourself engaging in things as you grow older that you hated when you were younger. Maybe hate is too strong a word. It wasn't that I hated grammar, but that I really didn't give it much thought, and felt that time spent in English class doing so was wasted. Since then, I've become not just a writer who wants to be read, but also a teacher of writing, who has to convince his students that grammar is important.Having resources like this book by O'Co [...]
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Jared Caraway Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
O'Conner's book is as humorous and entertaining as it is informative and helpful. You get the sense that she enjoys the writing process, which counts for a lot (see also: Stephen King's On Writing, Ray Bradbury's Zen in the Art of Writing.I recommend this for anybody who writes or is considering writing, be it fiction or nonfiction. I am an administrative assistant for the legal department of a large international company, and even though this book has a decidedly fiction-oriented slant, I was s [...]
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C.G. Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
Patricia T. O'Conner has a knack for making grammar and all those "boring" things we learned in English class - fun. There were numerous times while reading "Words Fail Me", that my husband rolled his eyes and asked, "Okay, why are you laughing now?" I couldn't help it. Whether she's discussing the lack of informed semi-colon users, or the importance of manuscript revision, O'Conner has a strong grasp on what separates good writers from truly great ones. I am well aware that I fall on the lower [...]
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Tom Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
Excellent tips, particularly for those writing brief works, but there are editing tips that apply to virtually anything. I love the laundry list at the end that puts you to work on all the principles she discusses. I tried to go at this nibbling at a chapter here and there, and I suppose the book works in that sense, but I found I wanted to go through the whole thing. She's witty and entertaining, even if you already are familiar with the principles and tips she presents here.
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Hera Diani Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
I wish I read this book in the first days, or at least the first weeks of being a reporter. Maybe I would've been less at lost and stupid hehe.This book has a lot of of great and simple writing tips, like how to deal with facts, numbers, structures, and so on. It's witty too. I still remember what she said about how, as a writer, we can't, and perhaps shouldn't, please everyone. She said we should just focus on one reader, because "if you open your window too wide, you'll get pneumonia."
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Jennifer Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
This is a great book for anyone that wants to develop their writing skills - whether creatively, or for work, or just to become a better writer. The author offers so many great tips with examples on how to improve your writing, as well as how to think about things different as you are writing something. It's especially great for the editing process. I now analyze other people's writing, it's amazing how many 'mistakes' you can find when you look.
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Lynne Favreau Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
A great book for beginner writers needing to get down the basics. O’Conner talks the writer through the preparatory stages of the process, the fundamentals needed for basic communication, and offers tips and trick’s to make the process easier. I always need a refresher in grammar when I start a new writing project. This book is humorous, fun and educational even for more experienced writers.
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Demi Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
Covers some very important basics in the game of "how to write the way editors want you to." I come back to books like this every now and then for the reminders. Especially enjoyed the chapter on making your numbers add up--every time I chastise an author for precision in language, I forget to check behind the numbers. See? Something for everyone in this little book.
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Bea Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
Very informative and it went by like a breeze. It definitely made me reconsider the writing decisions I've made in the past and whether or not I could've done anything to make my writing better. I hope that, with everything I've learned from the book, I will become a better writer and that my pieces would start to make sense and go somewhere.This is a great read, and it's funny.
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Debra Daniels-zeller Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
This book is filled with great tips and examples about writing. My favorites were the sections about comedy and emotions. Patricia O'conner has written an extremely useful book, one that I'll turn to again and again.
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E Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
Very helpful advice, presented logically and with humor.Potential readers take note, however: this book is vastly more geared towards writers of nonfiction than fiction, but the points raised are nevertheless applicable to just about any kind of writing.
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Francine Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
This book came in handey become i'm writig my first novel and it helped me alot to under stand how to use the words that i needed. I suggest that any ony that is writing a novel read this it will inspire you to great challeges.
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Steph Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
Awesome book- O'Conner is entertaining and her advice makes sense. I highly recommend this to any aspiring writers. This book is humorous and educational, but not in the dull, old-fashioned sense of the word. :)
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Pierced Librarian Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
It is ridiculous how much I love reading grammar books, and I still can't get the apostrophe rules figured out:)Words fail Me is one of my favorite "How not to make an ass out of yourself while writing" books.
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Jessica Zu Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
It's a pleasant read. But I find myself skimming it all the time. Maybe that's because I'm used to read academic books with condensed information. This is not to say it's loosely structured. Reading academic books feels like running, while reading this book feels like strolling along a coast.
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A. Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
Great book. I don't even write and I love it. Great advice for any writer from high school student to authors!
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Chris Proutt Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
I learned more about writing in the past week with this book than all my years of school
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Elizabeth Licata Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
good overview of positive writing practices, though a little dated in the examples given.
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Edward Burton Sep 15, 2019 - 13:48 PM
A very well written, insightful, and informational book on a rather droll subject: writing.
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Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know about Writing By Patricia T. O'Conner A fun, focused guide to making words work for you Whether you are working on the novel that s been in the back of your mind for years or simply facing an increasing demand to write well at work or school, the fact remains we all write often these days, be it reports, e mails, blog posts, or texts But despite the increase in written communication, the fundamentals oA fun, focused guide to making words work for you Whether you are working on the novel that s been in the back of your mind for years or simply facing an increasing demand to write well at work or school, the fact remains we all write often these days, be it reports, e mails, blog posts, or texts But despite the increase in written communication, the fundamentals of good writing have been lost Grammar maven Patricia T O Conner comes to the rescue with the most painless, practical, and funny writing book ever written In short, snappy chapters filled with crystal clear examples, amusing comparisons, and humorous allegories that cover everything from Pronoun Pileups and Verbs That Zing to What to Do When You re Stuck, O Conner provides simple, straightforward tips to help you sort through your thoughts and make your sentences strong.

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