Strunk and White and Williams both taught me a lot and I can honestly say that after reading them I have walked away with knowledge about things I knew nothing about before. It’s a good feeling when you feel as though you aren’t that great of a writer but you constantly learn new things to improve your writing. With journalism being one of my majors I need to learn everything that I can.
I thought that one of the most important parts of Strunk and White was when they talked about “placing the empathetic words of a sentence at the end. This stuck out to me because I have always found myself placing the most important part at the beginning and then elaborating on it further towards the end. I just have always felt as though it was good to let the reader know what it is that they are going to read about and why it is important in the beginning. After reading that I try to change that now and I’m glad that I have these resources that help me to improve my writing because I would still be making that same simple mistake. Once you learn about something that you were doing wrong it is sometimes frustrating because a lot of the time it can be the simplest thing. It just makes you wonder why you never thought about it before.
Williams went on to talk about it in a different way. He just said that you should put the point at the end of a sentence instead of it always being at the beginning. The way that he put it was that you should set the reader up with information and then build on it up until the main point. The only difference that I found was that Williams book described things in more detail which was more helpful to me because it was easier to grasp what it was that he was trying to say. I thought that it was kind of helpful for Strunk and White to show the examples that he did but with him not really going into detail like I needed him to it left me hanging sometimes.
One thing that I can say about Strunk and White though was that bold words were used when something of importance was brought about. It let me know what exactly I needed to pay attention to and what was important for the reader to know. This was different from Williams because since he went into so much detail which I loved, it would’ve been difficult to go back and find something if I needed to.