As we approach the 100th anniversary of this well worn tome on writing correctly, I would like to survey my social media environment to determine how often Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style is actually referenced by people on a regular basis.
NOT do you own it.
NOT have you cracked it open at some point.
BUT do you actually use it to improve your writing.
OR do you not even know about what I am talking.
Those of you who know me well, already know my stance on the book. At the same time, as I have seen the book referenced countless times as a classic must-have, I have come to consider that my bias regarding the book may have been a product of the era in which it was thrown at me, and thus, I should be open to reconsidering the tome.
I guess it depends on the kind of text you’re writing. For academic texts, I found the book rather useful (though I don’t follow every rule). For fictional texts, I’d like to believe that I have a little bit more freedom
What you say makes sense…like anything, I guess, it is really how you use it. As one of my comedy instructors liked to say “It’s a tool, not a rule”.
Appreciate you taking the time and sharing!