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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages, bibliography
- Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
- Publication Date: 13/08/1998
- Category: Writing & editing guides
- ISBN: 9780195120189