• 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…

  • Humor,  Literature,  Writing

    The art and craft of letters Comedy (1900) PDF book by John Palmer

    The art and craft of letters Comedy (1900) PDF book by John Palmer ExcerptThe curse of Babel only fell among men when they learned to laugh. Laughter is the real frontier between races and kinds of people. We are agreed, the world over, as to what precisely is grievous. Babel has made little difference between the weeping of an Englishman (he weeps more commonly than is reputed) and the weeping of a Patagonian. Laughter is another matter. A joke sets all nations by the ears. We laugh in different languages. The Frenchman violently explodes into laughter at something which leaves the Prussian cold as a stone. An English- man sees…

  • Short Stories,  Teach yourself,  Writing

    The art of story-writing (1919) by J. Berg Esenwein PDF book

    The art of story-writing (1919) by J. Berg  Esenwein PDF book The present volume is based on actual experience in teaching the art of story-writing to several thousand pupils, both in the classroom and by correspondence. The standards of the text and its methods of approach are doubtless modified by the editorial and the story-writing practice of the authors, but always the chief thing in their minds has been to guide the student in the most effective and direct way to the actual fictional narration. For this reason, much insistence upon theory has been avoided — one of the author’s works, “Writing the Short-Story,” covers that ground quite fully. The…

  • Literature,  Short Stories,  Teach yourself,  Writing

    Short story writing; a practical treatise on the art of the short story (1917) by Charles Raymond Barrett,

    Short story writing; a practical treatise on the art of the short story (1917) by Charles Raymond Barrett. THIS book is an attempt to put into definite form the principles observed by the masters of the short story in the practice of their art. It is the result of a careful study of their work, of some indifferent attempts to imitate them, and of the critical examination of several thousands of short stories written by amateurs. It is designed to be of practical assistance to the novice in short story writing, from the moment the tale is dimly conceived until it is completed and ready for the editor’s judgment. The…

  • 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 —…