Saturday, October 14, 2006

Reading Like A Writer by Francine Prose

"One essential and telling difference between learning from a style manual and learning from literature is that any how-to book will, almost by definition, tell you how not to write. In that way, manuals of style are a little like writing workshops, and have the same disadvantage - a pedagogy that invoves warning about what might be broken and directions on how to fix it - as opposed to learning from literature, which teaches by positive model." (p.44)



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