Dear Mr. Lukeman,
Oh how I am enjoying “A Dash of Style.”
A little background: I am an “everything about writing” junkie. I teach several writing courses; I read everything I can about writing;
I write. Many years ago, while teaching a college writing course, I realized that, beyond the obvious, though I had been teaching for several years,
and writing for many more years, I really didn’t understand “how words work.”
When I came upon a piece of writing that I instinctively knew wasn’t working, I couldn’t tell the student “why” it wasn’t working.
So I set out to learn.
I have now read more than 200 books on writing (admittedly, many cover
the same ground, but I’m always searching for a new slant on an old point). The books range from the practical -- like “Elements of Style”
and “On Writing Well,” to the philosophic like “On Becoming a Writer,” and the books by Natalie Goldberg. And everything in between.
I also read magazines about writing and there, in “The Writers
Chronicle,” I saw your piece about commas. Then I got your book. It is such a gift, and is showing me “the way words work,” in an entirely different and fascinating light....Yours is a book I will refer to time and time again. A treasure
for anyone interested in writing, and especially for anyone teaching writing and trying to understand, “the way words work.”
writing teacher, Temple University and Barnes & Noble Writing Workshop
here to buy on Amazon