Four principles for great writing
that everyone needs to know
My GoodReads’ Star Rating: 5 stars out of 5, which means: It was amazing!
A little about the book
Peter Yang’s The Art of Writing describes four principles of writing, principles that could transform and lift your writing to a whole new level so that your words shimmer on the page. The author applied his four principles to the creation of his book leading to a very interesting instructive experience for the reader.
Artuccino’s bookish observation
The craft of writing is one of my favourite genres and I loved this book from the very first chapter. Over the years I’ve read many books on the subject of writing. Several are memoirs, such as Stephen King’s On Writing, and Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life. Others are motivational, such as Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones, and Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. In contrast, Peter Yang’s The Art of Writing is more specifically directed at showing us how to apply four principles of writing to improve the structure of sentences, paragraphs and most importantly to the whole writing project, be it a book, an article, a blog post, or other categories of writing.
For those of us who have learned a lot about writing, this book will enhance what you may already know. For the novice, I say, read this book, it will set you on the right path for all your writing experiences to come.
Occasionally I am invited to review a book, by an author, or a publishing house. I only review books I enjoy, usually books I would tag with a GoodReads’ star rating of three or more. It is my custom to read within a narrow range of genres, and I read for pleasure and knowledge. The original book offered to me for review by TCK Publishing did not match with my interests, so I declined their invitation explaining why. A few days later I received an invitation to choose any book from their catalogue — wow! I opened their catalogue; immediately one jumped out at me: The Art of Writing by Peter Yang, a Canadian. It wasn’t long before the publisher emailed a complimentary eBook of The Art of Writing.
After reading only a few pages I knew this book would be one I wanted in my Amazon library, along with the matching audiobook — so I purchased them. Some readers may wonder why I would buy the book even though I had one already. It’s because I enjoy my eBooks being in one place, it’s easier to keep track of them, the matching audio gives me the opportunity of continuing my reading at night, and I like to highlight and save passages that speak to me. It’s an extravagant pleasure of mine; some people have boats, I have books.
I read the book over a period of two weeks, enjoying a slow read which allowed me to apply Mr Yang’s suggestions to my writing works-in-progress. I wasn’t far into the book before his principles started making a difference to my writing technique. Currently I’m re-building my book blog, Artuccino, and while I’m focussed on correcting links and improving the graphics, I’m editing my blogs. Many of my blogs were written several years ago, and since then I’ve participated in a year’s writing workshop with Joyce Kornblatt, and I believe I’ve matured as a writer; it’s a lifelong process, so I’ve lots more to learn, but my recent improvements have me patting myself on the head.
Within The Art of Writing I found so many sections worth highlighting. Originally I’d highlighted sixteen passages, however, not wanting to give away spoilers I trimmed the them down prior to making the highlights public on GoodReads. The book included excellent comparisons and analogies helping emphasise the importance of some techniques and grammar quirks.
I think I may have gushed enough over this book and the treasure within. Buy it! Peter Yang’s four principles are logical and easy to follow. Reading this book certainly can’t do your writing any harm.
A little about the author
Peter Yang is Canadian writer and professional public speaker who loves to argue about philosophy and share his ideas with others. You can find out more about Peter Yang at his website.
A little about the audio narrator
Emmanuel Alejandro does a very good job of narrating The Art of Writing. He is easy to listen to and his pace matches the style of the writing. The audio version of The Art of Writing can be purchased at Amazon.com.au
Genre – Non Fiction
The Craft of Writing