Zinsser lays out focal points of good writing in a way that makes sense and is easily applied to writing. I have listened to and read many helpful books on the elements of writing, but this is a good place to start no matter what skill level you are at. Zinsser not only tells you what to do, he shows you. Here are a few other books I have found helpful.
Stein On Writing, by Sol Stein (if you are serious about writing, get this book, in audio or print).
The Writing Life, by Annie Dillard.
Three books by Roy Peter Clark:
Help! For Writers
The Glamour of Grammar
The Elements of Style (the original, unedited version by William Strunk).
I have not, but he did well.
I could have, yes.
I think it was helpful.
The best so far.
My favorite character is Jonathan Harker, but Dr. Van Helsing is a close second.
The first chapter has quite a few good scenes with Harker in Dracula's castle. The scenes with Dr. Helsing talking of Dracula and his history is interesting as well.
The Sacred Wafer! Just kidding. That would be terrible. The beginning first chapter could be it's own mini story called Jonathan Harker's Diary. The first chapter is very possibly my favorite (partly do to the awesome narrator) so I could read and or listen to it by itself.
It was originally named the UN-DEAD, but I like Dracula far better then that.
The name just looks cool in red letters and is menacing in itself.
I don't think things like God's Unholy is better then the simply evil Dracula.
The full name of Dracula could be used for a book specifically about him in his younger years right before he become a vampire. Since Bram Stoker is long past deceased his great great (possibly more great) grandchild (I forget his name but he is also a writer and has written a sequel to Dracula,) could write it.
I really enjoyed the story. The way in which it is told (through letters, diaries, newspaper clippings, ship's logs) lends realism to the story and a kind of off kilt feeling to the events that gives a unique and observing experience.
I am not really a fan of horror, but I would suggest this to anyone looking for a good story well told and a new experience in storytelling.
Bram Stoker is one of many talented Irish Writers.
Dracula is known by many as his most remarkable work
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