I would imaginethat nobody loves reading a passage of writing and emerging befuddled.
It’s thewriters of the world with a knack for quality prose and a harmonious vocabularythat I thank for their ability to communicate compellingly and effectively. Sowhere do these prodigious writers obtain such a skill? Perhaps they’veconsulted numerous style guides, or maybe they’ve been gifted since birth. Ido, however, know of someone who believes otherwise. In this paper, I willsummarize a snippet from Chapter 1 of Stephen Pinker’s style guide: The Sense of Style. My agreement withPinker’s knowledge fuels a response to this excerpt, which focuses on myexperience as an amateur writer. It will entail what I believe to be importantconcepts in Pinker’s passage as well as what I learned and what will come withme as I go forth in writing.
If not always from stylebooks andinnate genes then where does a budding writer thrive? In the first chapter ofhis style guide, Pinker insists that good writing and style can be taughtthrough devoted reading. He claims that keen readers appropriate words, idiomsand diction with a sense for how all of the pieces fit together. According toPinker, writers are thought to create quality writing by “…spotting, savouring,and reserve-engineering examples of good prose.” Pinker chooses a few excerpts ofwhat he considers to be good writing. He analyzes each passage intently andinforms readers the reasons why he believes each piece to be of value.Comparing harsh style guides that remove the enjoyment of writing to his habitsof analyzing good prose, Pinker claims that his own practice is a moresuccessful and friendly way of becoming a good writer. Pinker suggests seeing writing as askill that is mastered over a lifetime.
He indicates the presence of mistakesas well as the will to strive to be an excellent writer. The opening sequence of RichardDawkin’s Unweaving the Rainbow is thefirst passage of writing that Pinker takes an interest in. The passage discussesthe variety of people who could have been living on earth due to the vastnessof human DNA. Pinker first notes on the remarkable strong start of the passage.He admires the prose for its ability to avoid cliché and dullness while still initiatinga spark of curiosity.