How to Write Well
Tim de Lisle hands you the keys to good writing, explaining how to be clear, concise and vivid. He rattles through the basics of grammar and reveals the tricks that will bring your writing alive.
Writing matters. We all do it, and we all admire it when it’s done well. It doesn’t just express us; it represents us. We write to connect with other people – to make them laugh, or cry, or think. We also write to work out what we think ourselves: there’s nothing like it for concentrating the mind.
So what’s the secret of a stylish essay, or story, or email? How do you make your sentences sparkle? Dorothy Parker had a point when she said that writing “is the art of applying the ass to the seat”, but in this slim volume, a leading editor who is also a pop critic and sportswriter shows you how much fun you can have while sharpening your pen. Tim de Lisle’s book is packed with good, simple advice: be clear, be concise, be vivid, be organised. In a few breezy chapters, he explains the secrets of good writing, and along the way he quotes dozens of great lines, from the plays of Shakespeare to the journalism of Caitlin Moran. “Writing,” he says, “is like dancing, in that you can tell instantly if someone is good at it. But it’s also like driving in that it can be learnt.” Spend a couple of hours with this book and you’ll learn things that will help you in years to come.
Author: Tim de Lisle
Number Of Pages: 128
Publisher: Connell Publishing
Release Date: 2018-10-18
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tim de Lisle wrote for Smash Hits and The Observer while reading classics at Oxford and went on to be the rock critic of The Daily Telegraph, arts editor of The Times and The Independent on Sunday and a feature writer for The Guardian. He was won Editor of the Year awards with Wisden Cricket Monthly and The Economist’s Intelligent Life. He is currently the rock critic of The Mail on Sunday.
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