The Sense Of Style By Steven Pinker

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The essay “The Sense of Style” by Steven Pinker explains that writing is not a natural talent. Pinker argues that to improve the skill of writing, people must read other’s written work to understand and learn the rules of writing. I have written a summary based on Pinker’s essay explaining the importance of reading and how to improve writing skills. Through my response, I indicate the necessity of reading to improve writing skills, but by practicing the rules learned by writing the reader will remember what they have learned. Many accomplished writers believe that writing “came naturally to them” (Pinker 1), as stated by this excerpt. However, in “The Sense of Style” Steven Pinker argues that writing is not a natural talent and it must be…show more content…
Pinker then states that a writer should always begin an introduction sentence “strong. Not with a cliché” (Pinker 2) like “don’t count your chicks before they hatch”. The reader learns how to effectively begin a paragraph and what to avoid when starting a paragraph. Furthermore, Pinker continues to dissect Dawkins book and turn his sentences into writing lessons for the reader, as he analyzes another line: “most people are never going to die” (Pinker 2). Pinker explains that this line had used a paradox meaning that “a person, thing or situation that has two opposite features and … seem strange” ("Paradox"). Therefore, the reader has learned a few important writing rules. However, Pinker continues to analyze and dissect other written passages to further improve the readers writing skills. The two other written works that Pinker dissects and analyzes is an obituary for the author Maurice Sendak, who wrote nursery books for children, and another obituary for Pauline Philips who was a columnist, for the article “Dear Abby”. In the obituary for Sendak, Pinker analyzes the line, “into the dark, terrifying, and hauntingly beautiful recess” (Pinker 4). As stated in this excerpt the reader has learned that any subject can be explained or summarized in one sentence (Pinker 4). The reader also learns that they can have a zeugma within their written work (Pinker 4); which is a word that has to “be understood in two different ways at
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