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An essential refernce for writers--both new and experienced--that will help improve your writing skills and style and help you say exactly what you want to say. Students, teachers, businessmen, aspiring authors, and complaining consumers all have one thing in common--the need to express successfully ideas, opinions, arguments, problems, explanations, or instructions through An essential refernce for writers--both new and experienced--that will help improve your writing skills and style and help you say exactly what you want to say. Students, teachers, businessmen, aspiring authors, and complaining consumers all have one thing in common--the need to express successfully ideas, opinions, arguments, problems, explanations, or instructions through the medium of the written word. And The Lively Art of Writing is the perfect guide to the mastery of this essential skill. It will answer all of your questions, provide you with the best techniques, and offer important information about: - Choosing a subject - Working with words - The sound of sentences - The power of paragraphs - Essentials of style - Essays, theses, and term papers - And much, much more...


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An essential refernce for writers--both new and experienced--that will help improve your writing skills and style and help you say exactly what you want to say. Students, teachers, businessmen, aspiring authors, and complaining consumers all have one thing in common--the need to express successfully ideas, opinions, arguments, problems, explanations, or instructions through An essential refernce for writers--both new and experienced--that will help improve your writing skills and style and help you say exactly what you want to say. Students, teachers, businessmen, aspiring authors, and complaining consumers all have one thing in common--the need to express successfully ideas, opinions, arguments, problems, explanations, or instructions through the medium of the written word. And The Lively Art of Writing is the perfect guide to the mastery of this essential skill. It will answer all of your questions, provide you with the best techniques, and offer important information about: - Choosing a subject - Working with words - The sound of sentences - The power of paragraphs - Essentials of style - Essays, theses, and term papers - And much, much more...

30 review for The Lively Art of Writing

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Pearman

    Pretty much gave this one a 5 for all of the super-stereotypically-1950s references to hot rods. And even though some its rules are dated and silly, following its general stylistic advice has certainly allowed me to make lots of teachers and professors happy over the years. However, I think it's fine to start a sentence with "however," no matter what Lucile Vaughan Payne says. Pretty much gave this one a 5 for all of the super-stereotypically-1950s references to hot rods. And even though some its rules are dated and silly, following its general stylistic advice has certainly allowed me to make lots of teachers and professors happy over the years. However, I think it's fine to start a sentence with "however," no matter what Lucile Vaughan Payne says.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I stole this book from my High School english department when I was 17. Although normally I am an upstanding citizen, I have never regretted my crime. No better introduction to the essay exists.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Good facts and information, but the writing is extremely patronising and old-fashioned. It infuriated me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Liu Zhen

    Title: The Lively Art of Writing Author: Lucile Vaughan Payne Pages: 288 Publisher: Published March 1st 1969 by Signet/Mentor (first published 1965) Isbn: 0451627121 (ISBN13: 9780451627124) The Lively Art of Writing is the best “how-to-write” book I have ever come across after much researches online about how to write an essay. It is a 15 chapters guide to writing an essay. This book pinpoints the different techniques and approaches to a successful paper for the “untalented” few; for those who are Title: The Lively Art of Writing Author: Lucile Vaughan Payne Pages: 288 Publisher: Published March 1st 1969 by Signet/Mentor (first published 1965) Isbn: 0451627121 (ISBN13: 9780451627124) The Lively Art of Writing is the best “how-to-write” book I have ever come across after much researches online about how to write an essay. It is a 15 chapters guide to writing an essay. This book pinpoints the different techniques and approaches to a successful paper for the “untalented” few; for those who are willing to learn, and for those who need help in their writing. My brother actually offered his credit card for me to purchase this book online. It was a gift, and it means a lot to me now. When this book arrived, it was the greatest thing that could happened to me. It is the smallest and lightest copy of a book that I can easily stored in my jacket pocket. I read it wherever I go, on subways or when I am bored. I learned a lot about how to really writing an essay. The first few chapters explains a well established opinion is, in fact, an essay. And an opinion forms a thesis, and thus expands into paragraphs and ends with a conclusion. This lovely book then ascribes back to the details on essential knowledge in making stronger arguments, more fluent sentences structures,beautiful writing styles, and the “what to” and “what nots" in writing and more. This book basically educates you anything you wish you can learn in a writing class. The author, Lucile Vaugha Payne writes professionally. Her tone is comforting, and supportive. This has to do with her career, because she was a teacher in high school and college. Furthermore, “she has been a successful magazine editor, feature writer, newspaper reporter, drama critic, and author of widely anthologized short stories.” With her experiences, she is well qualified as a teacher, professor, and a writer. She understands where the students are coming from, and she reveals the secrets to the art of lively writing. Simply put, she is an amazing author and teacher. In 9th grade, I missed my Writing Art’s class because I had an ESL class instead. So whenever someone in class mentions little details of what he or she learned from Nourok's writing art's class, I get confused. But with The Lively Art of Writing, I know exactly what my classmates are talking about every now and then when they recall a detail that they learned. For example, I remember someone drew a visual structure of an upside down triangle in explaining how to write a succinct introduction. Payne is able to illustrate the same knowledge with a clearer explanation,“The function of the introductory paragraph is simply to introduce the subject and come to the point.”(she underlines "come to the point" with an upside triangle on the page in the book). Through reading this book, I am able to draw connections to the writing lessons in my previous social studies, writing arts, and literature classes. It is amazing to acknowledge the amount of materials this little copy of book beholds, if not everything about writing arts in my three years of high school. This book is great for Advanced Placement English students, it only polishes one’s writing with more tips. This is a book to enhance one’s writing, one can learn how to write without taking a writing art’s class, and without being the “talented” few. I learned so much about how to write an essay after reading this book. It is my honor to recommend this book to anyone who believes that he or she can write, and is willing to put efforts into improving his or her writing. The art of writing should begin here, with this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hope

    I read The Lively Art of Writing in preparation for a class I teach and liked it so much that I rewrote my syllabus around it. Its emphasis is on writing good essays, but the advice could apply to many kinds of writing. Although the book has not been updated since its 1969 publication (making some of the examples outdated), its information is still fresh and relevant. The Lively Art of Writing is a wonderful book for struggling writers. It clearly explains how to write a thesis, what makes a goo I read The Lively Art of Writing in preparation for a class I teach and liked it so much that I rewrote my syllabus around it. Its emphasis is on writing good essays, but the advice could apply to many kinds of writing. Although the book has not been updated since its 1969 publication (making some of the examples outdated), its information is still fresh and relevant. The Lively Art of Writing is a wonderful book for struggling writers. It clearly explains how to write a thesis, what makes a good thesis, how to write a paragraph, how to connect paragraphs and how to conclude well. Each chapter contains clear instructions as well as assignments for practicing each new writing skill. While I’ll always be partial to the genius of Strunk and White, I thought that Payne did a more thorough job of explaining the mechanics of writing. This is a great book for those who would like to improve their writing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erik Graff

    This was the "how to write" book used in AP English at Maine Twp. H.S. South. Like the description I've inserted says, I found it boring, but I also found it useful, especially in terms of conceptualizing how to organize an paper. It didn't make me a good writer, but it did make me adequate enough to get through the three first semesters of college at which point I decided to get serious about the research, planning and time required for a competent essay. This was the "how to write" book used in AP English at Maine Twp. H.S. South. Like the description I've inserted says, I found it boring, but I also found it useful, especially in terms of conceptualizing how to organize an paper. It didn't make me a good writer, but it did make me adequate enough to get through the three first semesters of college at which point I decided to get serious about the research, planning and time required for a competent essay.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emma Depping

    Fuck writing. And fuck my ELA teacher. That is all I have to say

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Palermo

    Though I was forced to read this book in my AP Composition and Writing class, I can say that I did enjoy it. This book does a great job of describing how to write an essay worthy of a 9 on the AP scale in a manner that is subtly humorous and engaging. The assignments that are inside the book do a great job of solidifying information previously read, though you can look up the answers online (I wouldn't recommend doing that by the way, the answers are very vague and they don't help teach you the Though I was forced to read this book in my AP Composition and Writing class, I can say that I did enjoy it. This book does a great job of describing how to write an essay worthy of a 9 on the AP scale in a manner that is subtly humorous and engaging. The assignments that are inside the book do a great job of solidifying information previously read, though you can look up the answers online (I wouldn't recommend doing that by the way, the answers are very vague and they don't help teach you the material).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sergey Kochergan

    This book will certainly enrich the style of your writing, no matter if that is thesis, term paper or anything else.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marvin Wurr

    A staple of Crabdad's meme duology. A staple of Crabdad's meme duology.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tara Callahan

    Gives great writing ideas but it’s a little outdated. I now have a few exercises to work on with my writing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kyra Moore

    Incredibly helpful for anyone interested in writing! Helpful for everyone.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    The woman is brutal.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jared_b

    At first I was disappointed, but I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. I only gave it 3 stars because I found it a little dry and outdated, but it is a valuable read. I'd recommend it. At first I was disappointed, but I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. I only gave it 3 stars because I found it a little dry and outdated, but it is a valuable read. I'd recommend it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Yen Nguyen

    The Lively Art of Writing does achieve its goal of telling its reader how to write an essay, I suppose. There are other books out there that can do better, though. First of all, the tone irks me to no end. Payne talks to the reader as if they were brainwashed children in pre-school. One of the chapters opens with Payne telling the reader that a large vocabulary selection is essential to an excellent essay in more than two paragraphs. What I had successful stated in one sentence, Payne used up two The Lively Art of Writing does achieve its goal of telling its reader how to write an essay, I suppose. There are other books out there that can do better, though. First of all, the tone irks me to no end. Payne talks to the reader as if they were brainwashed children in pre-school. One of the chapters opens with Payne telling the reader that a large vocabulary selection is essential to an excellent essay in more than two paragraphs. What I had successful stated in one sentence, Payne used up two paragraphs. We get the point, okay? Then she started to tell the reader to not "waste your time envying the lucky few who... already have large vocabulary." Because apparently, the reader could not possibly have a large vocabulary selection and must envy others! Also, she use an unusual amount of uncommon words to make sure the reader get the point that having a large vocabulary is a good thing. We get it the first time, thank you very much. Then she tells the reader to enlarge their word banks by reading. Cause, y'know, people that read her books obviously don't read other books. What? That's my reaction to an opener of ONE chapter. Yeah... There are other books that you can go to for writing improvement. If you can disregard the patronizing tone and if you REALLY want to, you can read this book, I suppose. But really, why would you ever unless it's a required reading?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    The Lively Art of Writing provides clear and basic instructions for writing successful essays. The guide covers the relationship between opinion and thesis and the importance of anticipating opposing points of view in creating interesting essays. It also offers instruction on organization from introduction to conclusion for both short and long essays. Furthermore, it covers a variety of transitional techniques to help ideas flow seamlessly. Lastly, elements of writing style, such as parallel str The Lively Art of Writing provides clear and basic instructions for writing successful essays. The guide covers the relationship between opinion and thesis and the importance of anticipating opposing points of view in creating interesting essays. It also offers instruction on organization from introduction to conclusion for both short and long essays. Furthermore, it covers a variety of transitional techniques to help ideas flow seamlessly. Lastly, elements of writing style, such as parallel structure, sentence variety, and rhythmic language are touched upon. This book was assigned in my 12th grade English class. In college, I had the art of writing essays down cold. But, when you don't use it you lose it; and in the last decade, my writing skills have weakened considerably. The Lively Art of Writing provided a much needed review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ecaterina

    The book is good, but it didn't go my expectation. I thought that the book was going to teach me, how to write in absolutely any literary and writing form; but it only teaches how to write essays, which is very useful and helpful. I believe that the author should have choose another title; this title 'The Lively Art of Writing', could mean anything, thus (at least for me) being a disappointment... The book does have many techniques, one should consider when writing: conciseness, the good construc The book is good, but it didn't go my expectation. I thought that the book was going to teach me, how to write in absolutely any literary and writing form; but it only teaches how to write essays, which is very useful and helpful. I believe that the author should have choose another title; this title 'The Lively Art of Writing', could mean anything, thus (at least for me) being a disappointment... The book does have many techniques, one should consider when writing: conciseness, the good construction of sentences, different styles, and the correct use of words, plus excercises; making it, quite "handy" if one lack's those techniques.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nix

    This book was assigned by one of my online writing courses - I think it was WriteAtHome. I actually enjoyed it. The writing is enjoyable, but it had a little bit of a dated feel. There is some humor in parts, but don't read this book to be amused. Most importantly (since this is the purpose of this book) it is instructive. You actually learn how to write. Plus the author gives many examples of good and bad writing. This book was assigned by one of my online writing courses - I think it was WriteAtHome. I actually enjoyed it. The writing is enjoyable, but it had a little bit of a dated feel. There is some humor in parts, but don't read this book to be amused. Most importantly (since this is the purpose of this book) it is instructive. You actually learn how to write. Plus the author gives many examples of good and bad writing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christineissoadorbz

    This book taught me more in 288pgs than my English class all year. Her writing is beautiful and crear. It's informational, but not boring like most informational things. A feauture I really like is how she Payne provides activities at the end of each chapter that practices what you've learned in that chapter. she also has questions that help you to asses your understanding of the chapter. AMAZING BOOK! READABLE! worthy of a spot on your bookshelf This book taught me more in 288pgs than my English class all year. Her writing is beautiful and crear. It's informational, but not boring like most informational things. A feauture I really like is how she Payne provides activities at the end of each chapter that practices what you've learned in that chapter. she also has questions that help you to asses your understanding of the chapter. AMAZING BOOK! READABLE! worthy of a spot on your bookshelf

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Ms. Payne has written an excellent book on writing! I read it this year for my writing class, and it is definitely the finest book on writing I have ever read/used. Ms. Payne explains each technique clearly, backing up each lesson with exercises in that technique, as well as vocabulary building exercises. Without a doubt, this book has taught me a great deal about writing, and I try to recommend it to everyone I can.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carmel Elizabeth

    This book was mainly directed towards essay writing, so therefore it is not entirely exciting, but most of the tips and structural directions are applicable to all areas of writing, at least the way I looked at it. It has definitely helped me where essays are concerned, not to mention it gave me a little shove in the right direction with my personal writing as well. All in all a good read, but not too exciting, interesting or life-changing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nero Grimes

    The best book for *basic* skills in writing, skills often overlooked or forgotten over time. Thinking on Paper by Howard and Barton reiterated a gently updated a section of Lively, which, recently, sent me back to the source. Dated, or not, give the old girl a run through. Basic skills haven't changed that much. The best book for *basic* skills in writing, skills often overlooked or forgotten over time. Thinking on Paper by Howard and Barton reiterated a gently updated a section of Lively, which, recently, sent me back to the source. Dated, or not, give the old girl a run through. Basic skills haven't changed that much.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I found this book referenced in one of Constance Weaver's grammar books. Solid lessons for writing. I use this in class and tell my students that good writing will always be good writing, no matter how long ago a book was published. Anyone who teaches writing could benefit from having these ideas as a basis as they prepare lessons. I found this book referenced in one of Constance Weaver's grammar books. Solid lessons for writing. I use this in class and tell my students that good writing will always be good writing, no matter how long ago a book was published. Anyone who teaches writing could benefit from having these ideas as a basis as they prepare lessons.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Roslynn

    I use this book in my AP English classes. Since the book was published in 1965, it resonates with old-fashioned tone and language, but Payne's humor remains intact. My students complain at first...and then they come to love it; or if they don't love it, they at least must admit the growth they observe in their own writing as a result of following her exercises. This book is a GODSEND. I use this book in my AP English classes. Since the book was published in 1965, it resonates with old-fashioned tone and language, but Payne's humor remains intact. My students complain at first...and then they come to love it; or if they don't love it, they at least must admit the growth they observe in their own writing as a result of following her exercises. This book is a GODSEND.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Thomson

    A marvelous little book. It's an excellent introduction and how-to guide for writing essays with great content and structure, and its closing chapters on style should be read by every writing student. A marvelous little book. It's an excellent introduction and how-to guide for writing essays with great content and structure, and its closing chapters on style should be read by every writing student.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cosette

    I wouldn't recommended it for light reading, but as a learning tool,I would recommend this. Its a bit more fun than a textbook, and I think it gave me a good start to AP English Language and Composition. I wouldn't recommended it for light reading, but as a learning tool,I would recommend this. Its a bit more fun than a textbook, and I think it gave me a good start to AP English Language and Composition.

  27. 4 out of 5

    LMS

    This is one of the earliest books on writing that I read, and I really enjoyed it. It focuses on essays (the forms and how to craft arguments) and how to write descriptions, use active voice, and what to avoid when writing. It's one of my very favorite books. This is one of the earliest books on writing that I read, and I really enjoyed it. It focuses on essays (the forms and how to craft arguments) and how to write descriptions, use active voice, and what to avoid when writing. It's one of my very favorite books.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robin Gailunas

    I learned to write a killer "essay" from this book. I learned to write a killer "essay" from this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    The best writing book I've ever read/used. Try to find it in an out of print hardcover, though. The paperback is too small and is frustrating to try and keep open. The best writing book I've ever read/used. Try to find it in an out of print hardcover, though. The paperback is too small and is frustrating to try and keep open.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Reader2007

    Very helpful. Never write passively.

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