Words Fail Me What Everyone Who Writes Should Know about Writing

ISBN-10: 0156010879

ISBN-13: 9780156010870

Edition: 2000

Authors: Patricia T. O'Conner

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Whether you are working on the novel that's been in the back of your mind for years or simply facing an increasing demand to write well at work or school, the fact remains: more and more of us are writing more often these days-reports, e-mails, faxes, and newsletters. But despite the increase in written communication, something has been lost-the fundamentals of good writing. Grammar maven Patricia T. O'Conner comes to the rescue with the most painless, practical, and funny writing book ever written. In short, snappy chapters filled with crystal-clear examples, amusing comparisons, and humorous allegories that cover everything from "Pronoun Pileups" and "Verbs That Zing" to "What to Do When You're Stuck," O'Conner provides simple, straightforward tips to help you sort your thoughts and make sentences that make sense. Push aside those stuffy old-fashioned rule books, because O'Conner has written the most accessible and enjoyable book yet for today's writer.
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List price: $13.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/7/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Patrcia T. O'Conner was an editor at the New York Times Book Review when she wrote Woe Is I. Her writing has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times and Newsweek. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Stewart Kellerman.

Is Your Egg Ready to Hatch? Know the Subject
"The Party to Whom I Am Speaking": Know the Audience
Get with the Program: The Organized Writer
Commencement Address: The First Few Words
From Here to Uncertainty: How Am I Doing?
Pompous Circumstances: Hold the Baloney
The Life of the Party: Verbs That Zing
Call Waiting: Putting the Subject on Hold
Now, Where Were We? A Time and a Place for Everything
The It Parade: Pronoun Pileups
Smothering Heights: Misbehaving Modifiers
Too Marvelous for Words: The Sensible Sentence
Made for Each Other: Well-Matched Sentences
Give Me a Break: Thinking in Paragraphs
The Elongated Yellow Fruit: Fear of Repetition
Training Wheels: Belaboring the Obvious
Critique of Poor Reason: The Art of Making Sense
Grammar Moses: Thou Shalt Not Embarrass Thyself
Down for the Count: When the Numbers Don't Add Up
Lost Horizon: What's the Point of View?
Wimping Out: The Backward Writer
Everybody's Favorite Subject: I, Me, My
Promises, Promises: Making Them, Keeping Them
You Got Rhythm: Writing to the Beat
The Human Comedy: What's So Funny?
I Second That Emotion: Once More, with Feeling
The Importance of Being Honest: Leveling with the Reader
Once around the Block: What to Do When You're Stuck
Debt before Dishonor: How and What to Borrow
Revise and Consent: Getting to the Finish Line
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