• Teach yourself,  Writer,  Writing

    Hints for young writers (1914) PDF book by Orison Swett Marden (writing)

    Hints for young writers (1914) PDF book by Orison Swett Marden Contents: The Writer To-Day 7  Live, Then Write 11  The Personality in Your Book  26 Fixed Habit of Work  35 Choosing the Right Word  39 Use Simple Language  49 Conciseness  59 Readability  72 Keep Close to Life  83 Observation and Self-Expression 89  The Capacity for Taking Pains  99 Style and Spirit  120 Commercialization of the Literary Profession 128 The Reserve Behind Expression 134 For centuries it was thought that oratory was the greatest human achievement, the most perfect expression of personal power. It was long supposed that no other form of self-expression developed a man so thoroughly and so…

  • Literature,  Writer,  Writing

    Fundamentals of fiction writing by Arthur Sullivant Hoffman (1922) PDF book

    Fundamentals of fiction writing  by Arthur Sullivant Hoffman (1922) PDF book Living in so complex a civilization, we generally fail to realize how complex have become our mental habits. We have come more and more to think upon complexities until, for the most part, the more elementary facts, processes, and approaches are slighted or omitted as beneath the high development of our minds.  However learned our thinking maybe, its foundation must be elementary thinking, and, if elementary thinking is neglected because it seems too elementary for attention, the result is likely to be unsoundness of the whole structure because it has been erected on an unsound foundation. Add to faulty…

  • Learn English,  Writer,  Writing

    Everyday English writing (1919) by William Leavit Stoddard PDF book

    Everyday English writing (1919) by William Leavitt Stoddard PDF book Writing is a trade in which everybody, to some extent at least, should have a certain amount of skill. The professional writer, the man who makes his living by writing, must be highly skilled in this trade, and years of study and experience are necessary to perfection.  But just as everybody has to know how to talk, so everybody must know how to write: not how to write poems, plays, fiction, learned books and essays, but how to write such straightforward, everyday English as is required in a letter, a report, a simple description, or a newspaper article. This book…

  • Literature,  Storytelling,  Teach yourself,  Writer,  Writing

    Storytelling: what to tell and how to tell it (1917) PDF book by Edna Lyman Scott

    Storytelling: what to tell and how to tell it (1917) PDF book by Edna Lyman Scott The literature on storytelling concerns itself, for the most part, with the requirements of the kindergarten and earlier grades, and very little which is suggestive and helpful seems available for the child whose chief interest is in heroes and adventure. It is this child who has been chiefly considered in the suggestions for stories to tell which have been made in this volume. The epic tales, of course, are familiar to everyone, but their peculiar fitness for the needs of the hero-loving boy and girl has not been appreciated, and the fact that no general…

  • Learn English,  Teach yourself,  Writer,  Writing

    How to prepare essays, lectures, articles, books, speeches and letters, with hints on writing for the press

    How to prepare essays, lectures, articles, books, speeches, and letters, with hints on writing for the press (1905)  Eustace Hamilton Miles ExcerptManu who themselves can easily write excellent Articles or make excellent Speeches, by the light of nature, will utterly fail to teach beginners the art of Writing or Speaking. Indeed, some of the very greatest Essayists have made quite ridiculous attempts to explain how ‘ Style’ can be acquired, or even what it really is. An illustration from elsewhere may show the true reason for this failure. A player of Billiards sees Roberts making one of his large breaks, or a player of Lawn Tennis sees Doherty make a…

  • English Language,  Grammar,  Learn English,  Learn Languages,  Writer,  Writing

    Language in action: a guide to accurate thinking, reading and writing by Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa

    Language in action: a guide to accurate thinking, reading, and writing by Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa (1941) Free PDF book Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa (July 18, 1906 – February 27, 1992) was a Canadian-born American academic and politician of Japanese ancestry. A professor of English, he served as president of San Francisco State University and then as U.S. Senator from California from 1977 to 1983. What this book hopes to do is to offer a general system for clearing the mind of harmful obstructions. It is an attempt to apply certain scientific and literary principles, or, as we may call them, semantic principles, to the thinking, talking, listening, reading, and writing we…

  • Drama,  Learn English,  Literature,  Plays,  Writer,  Writing

    Theory and technique of playwriting PDF book by John Howard Lawson

    Download Theory and technique of playwriting PDF book by John Howard Lawson (1960) Excerpt: The Changing Years  THIS study of dramatic theory and technique was first published in 1936, in the midst of the social and theatrical upheaval that Harold Clurman calls “The Fervent Years.” Today, the arts display less fervor and far less interest in “social significance.” The transition is dramatic thought from Waiting for Lefty to Waiting for Godot is almost as sweeping as the changes that have taken place among the world’s peoples and powers.  There are those who regard the culture of the thirties as dead and best forgotten. The question need not be debated here —…

  • Journalism,  Learn English,  newspapers,  Teach yourself,  Writer,  Writing

    Newspaper make-up and headlines, PDF book (1924) by Norman John Radder

    Newspaper make-up and headlines, Free PDF book (1924) by Norman John Radder This book is offered both as a text for journalism courses in colleges and universities and as a book of reference and guid¬ ance for the newspaperman. It is based upon the writer’s own work as a copyreader supplemented by six years of experience as a teacher of journalism. While the book is a comprehensive treatment of the entire subject of copyreading and make-up, the author has endeavored to keep in mind especially the needs of papers in cities under 100,000. Hence most of the illustrations are of seven- and six-column papers. For the same reason, considerable emphasis…

  • English Grammar,  Learn English,  Learn Language,  Learn Languages,  Literature,  Writer,  Writing

    New handbook for writers by Sumner Ives (1960) Free PDF book

    Download New handbook for writers by Sumner Ives (1960) Free PDF book Excerpt from the author’s introduction: This book is an attempt to supply information about language in general, about English in particular, and about the special conventions of edited written English which will help anyone to write more effectively and to obey the appropriate conventions. It is based on the following beliefs.1. In order to teach current usage and to explore the grammatical resources of the language, one needs a terminology for the types of words, functions, and structural elements in the language, and he needs a description of the customary structural patterns according to which sentences are made…

  • Art and Crafts,  Learn English,  Literature,  Teach yourself,  Writer,  Writing

    Plot by Ansen Dibell ( Elements Of Fiction Writing) PDF book

    Plot by Ansen Dibell ( Elements Of Fiction Writing) PDF book Ansen Dibell is the pen name of a teacher/writer/editor whose five-novel science fiction series, The Rule of One, has been inter¬ nationally published. After earning MA, MFA, and Ph. D. degrees from the Writers’ Workshop of the University of Iowa, Dibell went on to a diversity of jobs including delivering phone books door to door and serving as a college president. Active with community writers’ groups and college level writing programs, Dibell calls herself a writing coach: “Many people contend that creativity can’t be taught. Maybe not. But, like any other sophisticated performance skill—from playing the violin to Bowling…