Polishing Your Prose How to Turn First Drafts into Finished Work

ISBN-10: 0231160895

ISBN-13: 9780231160896

Edition: 2013

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Description: This singular book illustrates how to edit a piece of prose to enhance its clarity of thought and felicity of style. The authors first present ten principles of effective composition, and then scrutinize three extended paragraphs, suggesting with remarkable specificity how to improve them. The volume also offers challenging practice questions, as well as two finished essays, one serious and one humorous, that demonstrate how attention to sound mechanics need not result in mechanical writing. Steven M. Cahn & Victor L. Cahn help readers deploy a host of corrective strategies, such as avoiding jargon, bombast, and redundancy; varying sentence structure; paring the use of adjectives and adverbs; properly deploying phrases and clauses; and refining an argument. Here is a book for all who seek to increase their facility in written communication.

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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 3/26/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 104
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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