How to Not Write Bad The Most Common Writing Problems and the Best Ways to Avoid Them

ISBN-10: 1594488487
ISBN-13: 9781594488481
Edition: N/A
Authors: Ben Yagoda
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Description: How to Not Write Baduses this basic tenet — what Ben Yagoda calls “not-writing-badly” — to illustrate how we can all write better, clearer, and for a wider readership. Yagoda offers advice on crafting sentences that are correct in terms of spelling,  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

How to Not Write Baduses this basic tenet — what Ben Yagoda calls “not-writing-badly” — to illustrate how we can all write better, clearer, and for a wider readership. Yagoda offers advice on crafting sentences that are correct in terms of spelling, diction, punctuation, and grammar and that display clarity, precision, and grace. He then moves on to the art of constructing whole paragraphs—focusing on cadence, consistency of tone, word repetition, sentence transitions, and length.In a fun, comprehensive guide, Yagoda lays out the simple steps that we all can take to make our writing more effective, more interesting—and just plain better. As “lolspeak” and texts take over our linguistic consciousness, Yagoda emphasizes the lost art of grammar and the well-constructed sentence. He provides clear grammatical rules to help students and writers everywhere write better; this is a book for anyone who wants to improve his or her writing.

Ben Yagoda is a journalism professor at the University of Delaware. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of twelve books, including About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made; How to Not Write Bad; Memoir: A History; and Will Rogers: A Biography. He contributes to The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Lingua Franca" blog and has written for Slate, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and The American Scholar, among other publications. Yagoda lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, with his wife.

Introduction
How To Not Write Bad: The One-Word Version
How To Not Write Wrong
The Elements of House Style
Numbers and Abbreviations
Capitalization
Italics
There Is No Reason Ever to Use Boldface in a Piece of Writing, Except for a Section Heading (Like This)
Punctuation
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;
:
" "
( )
Words
The Single Most Common Mistake Is the Most Easily Fixable Mistake
Spelling
Wrong Word
Grammar
Sanitized
Skunked
Still Wrong
How to Not Write Bad
Punctuation
Quotation Marks
Exclamation Points, Dashes, Semicolons, Colons, Parentheses, Italics, and Rhetorical Questions
Words and Phrases
Really Quick Fix: Avoid These Words!
Short Is Good (I)
Precision: Words That Are a Bit Off
Avoid Clich�s Like the Plague
Euphemisms, Buzzwords, and Jargon
Sentences
Word Rep.
Start Strong
End Strong
Short Is Good (II)
The Perils of Ambiguity
What Is the What? Or, the Trouble with Vague Pronouns
When You Catch a Preposition, Kill It
To Use to fie or Not to Use to Be
What the Meaning of "Is Is" Is
Tone
Sentence to Sentence, Paragraph To Paragraph
Author's Note

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