Write Tight Say Exactly What You Mean with Precision and Power

ISBN-10: 1402210515
ISBN-13: 9781402210518
Edition: N/A
Authors: William Brohaugh
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Description: ?These days, most creative-writing courses teach self-indulgence. Write Tight counsels discipline. It is worth more than a university education. Its advice is gold.? -Dean Koontz Foreword by Lawrence Block Not since The Elements of Style has a  More...

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Book details

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

?These days, most creative-writing courses teach self-indulgence. Write Tight counsels discipline. It is worth more than a university education. Its advice is gold.? -Dean Koontz Foreword by Lawrence Block Not since The Elements of Style has a writing guide had the ability to turn a writer's work around so effectively. Every writer struggles with keeping their prose focused and concise, but surprisingly few books address this essential topic. Write Tight is an informative and utterly readable guide that tackles these issues head-on. William Brohaugh, former editor of Writer's Digest, goes beyond the discussion on redundancy and overwriting to take on evasiveness, affectations, roundabout writing, tangents and ?invisible? words. Other topics include: -Outlining the four levels of wordiness -Identifying 16 types of flabby writing -Exercises that help writers avoid wordiness -Streamlining through sidebars and checklists -Tests that show how concise a writer's prose is ?Write Tight is a supremely valuable, ?must-have? for aspiring writers in all fields from prose to nonfiction, journalistic copy, screenwriting and so much more.? -Midwest Book Review

Foreword
Introduction: A Tight Fit Into Today's World
The Four Levels of Wordiness and How to Tackle Them
Sixteen Types of Wordiness and How to Trim Them
Prewriting Tight
Testing Your Writing for Flab
The Danger Signs of Wordiness
Exercises for Developing Your Awareness of Concision
Reducing the Mental Length of Your Manuscript
Nonverbal Streamlining
How Tight Is Too Tight?
Putting It All Together: Writing Light
Tips for Trimming During Manuscript Revision
Shave and a Haircut and a Few Bits
Bibliography and Sources
A Baedeker of the Redundant
Apologia
Index
About the Author

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