Rediscover the writing wisdom of Strunk and White

Professional wordsmiths may feel they have moved beyond writing manuals, but a rereading of ‘The Elements of Style’ offers refreshers that will power up your prose.

Elements of Style

E.B. White is remembered as master of both New Yorker magazine essays and classic children’s books.

Yet one of his most famous works was a rewrite job: turning a classroom style manual by William Strunk Jr. into the influential “The Elements of Style.”

In a free download, “Strunk and White’s secrets for rocket-powered writing,” we at Ragan are celebrating the guide’s 100 years of shaping American discourse in communications, journalism and academic writing.

Chock-full of writerly wisdom, this free report offers a refresher of one of America’s most enduring guides for crafting clear, lively prose.

A Cornell professor, Strunk famously said, “Omit needless words!” Mystery writer Elmore Leonard channeled that admonition when he told writers to “leave out the part that readers tend to skip. Think of what you skip reading a novel: thick paragraphs of prose you can see have too many words in them.”

In this free guide, you’ll learn:

  • Why readers have a right to ask, “What’s in it for me?”
  • Why you should embrace pithiness in your communications
  • How tools and rules can fix your writing
  • Why you shouldn’t paint in colorless, forgettable phrases
  • How to write better by knowing restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses
  • How to avoid snaring yourself in dangling modifiers
  • Why you should stop stating things in the negative (ditch “not important” for “unimportant”)

Relearn forgotten writing lessons—and gain new tricks in crafting your prose. Download your guide here.

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