I visited a few of my classmates’ blogs and found that we have more in common with a writing then I thought.
First, I read through Alyse’s post ( http://alysebaby.wordpress.com/) on her first impression of Strunk and White. What stood out to me was when she called attention to “omit needless words” (23) and “keep related words together” (28). She stated, “I tend to be wordy at times and it’s one of my down falls. With that, I also don’t always keep related words together -meaning I don’t always structure my sentences correctly” (Alyse).From my first impression of Strunk and White I didn’t really see the need of the rule “keep related words together” mostly because I had never been taught it before, but now I truly understand why it is important. I tend to ramble a lot, write like I talk, and don’t structure my sentences correctly. My papers can be a bit confusing at times, which is why its an ongoing struggle for me.
Next, I read through Lisa M.’s post ( http://kassiopia26.wordpress.com/) on Comparing Strunk and White to Williams. We both came to the conclusion that Williams’ book is more detailed than Strunk and White’s (as did most of the class from what I read). She states,” I thought Williams’ book described aspects in more detail than in Strunk and White’s book. He explained different aspects of style in more detail throughout the whole book which I found effective. Strunk did a good job of showing examples in his book but did not really describe in detail why a certain style should be done the way he shows in the examples” (Lisa M.). I agree Williams’ book makes up for what Strunk and White’s book is lacking. As I have said in a previous post, Strunk and White’s book is mostly for when you need a quick answer in a timely manner. Williams’ book to me applies to papers with a lot of depth ( 10-15 pages ).