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Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process Paperback – 9 Jul 1998

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, U.S.A.; 2 edition (9 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780195120189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195120189
  • ASIN: 0195120183
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 2.3 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Writing with Power is a guide for the student writing an essay, the professional writer working on a story, or the manager writing a memo for a tight deadline. As Elbow explains, "Writing with power doesn't just mean getting power over readers. It means getting power over yourself and over the writing process: knowing what you are doing as you write; figuring out what you really mean; being in charge, having control; not feeling stuck or helpless or intimidated. I am particularly interested in this second kind of power in writing, and I have found that without it you seldom achieve the first kind". For the second edition, Elbow has written a new introduction in which he discusses in detail the "mysterious" dimensions of "Writing with Power" - voice, quality and bad writing, wrongness and felt sense, and sharing written work with others.

About the Author

Peter Elbow is Professor of English and Director of the writing program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


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