Word Up!

How to Write Powerful Sentences and Paragraphs (And Everything You Build from Them)

Non-Fiction - Education
270 Pages
Reviewed on 12/08/2013
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Author Biography

When Marcia was twelve, American Girl magazine printed her eight-paragraph story, The Key, and paid her $15. She has been writing ever since.

To share her love of writing, she has collected some one-of-a-kind essays into a book:
Word Up! How to Write Powerful Sentences and Paragraphs (And Everything You Build from Them).

At Lake Forest College, she wrote one-act plays that were performed on the campus stage, learned from, and buried. She studied under Raymond Carver and Tobias Wolff in the Syracuse University creative-writing program. She taught technical writing in the Engineering School at Cornell University. She has done writing of all kinds for organizations of all kinds, from the Fortune 500 to the just plain fortunate.

Marcia has written for the scholarly journal Shakespeare Quarterly, the professional journal Technical Communication, and the weekly newspaper Syracuse New Times. She used to write letters by the boxful. She has contributed posts to her daughter’s Peace Corps blog, texts to her son’s Droid, and answers to her husband’s crossword puzzles. Her words have landed on billboards, blackboards, birthday cakes, boxes of eggs, and the back of her book. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Word Up! - How to Write Powerful Sentences and Paragraphs (And Everything You Build from Them) by Marcia Riefer Johnston is about writing, the nuances and techniques of writing well, and how to improve your writing skills. The book tells you how to make your writing more powerful by using the right words. Every writer wants to improve their writing style and skill according to the changes happening in their language. The book tells you how to be progressive in your writing.

Writing is a very powerful tool. Many of us write e-mails, blog posts, reviews, stories, and novels. These can be conveyed effectively to a reader with the use of right words. The book exposes readers to an effective way of writing. The instructions are engaging and interesting. The tips, guides, and insights into writing are very helpful. In spite of all the techniques about writing and English language, the author has written the book in a light-hearted manner, making it accessible to readers of all age groups.

You feel your writing can be effortless once you finish the book. Writing has become such a powerful tool that I recommend all libraries and school libraries to purchase a few copies for reference purposes. The book shows you that there is enough scope to improve on your writing. It is a brilliant book.