100 Ways to Improve Your Writing

ISBN-10: 0451627210

ISBN-13: 9780451627216

Edition: N/A

Authors: Gary Provost

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Book details

List price: $6.99
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/1/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

Introduction
Nine Ways to Improve Your Writing When You're Not Writing
Get Some Reference Books
Expand Your Vocabulary
Improve Your Spelling
Read
Take a Class
Eavesdrop
Research
Write in Your Head
Choose a Time and Place
Nine Ways to Overcome Writer's Block
Copy Something
Keep a Journal
Talk About What You're Writing
Touch Your Toes
Do Writing Exercises
Organize Your Material
Make a List
Picture a Reader
Ask Yourself Why You Are Writing
Five Ways to Write a Strong Beginning
Find a Slant
Write a Strong Lead
Don't Make Promises You Can't Keep
Set a Tone and Maintain It
Begin at the Beginning
Nine Ways to Save Time and Energy
Use Pyramid Construction
Use Topic Sentences
Write Short Paragraphs
Use Transitional Phrases
Don't Explain When You Don't Have To
Use Bridge Words
Avoid Wordiness
Steal
Stop Writing When You Get to the End
Ten Ways to Develop Style
Think About Style
Listen to What You Write
Mimic Spoken Language
Vary Sentence Length
Vary Sentence Construction
Write Complete Sentences
Show, Don't Tell
Keep Related Words Together
Use Parallel Construction
Don't Force a Personal Style
Twelve Ways to Give Your Words Power
Use Short Words
Use Dense Words
Use Familiar Words
Use Active Verbs
Use Strong Verbs
Use Specific Nouns
Use the Active Voice...Most of the Time
Say Things in a Positive Way ... Most of the Time
Be Specific
Use Statistics
Provide Facts
Put Emphatic Words at the End
Eleven Ways to Make People Like What You Write
Make Yourself Likable
Write About People
Show Your Opinion
Obey Your Own Rules
Use Anecdotes
Use Examples
Name Your Sources
Provide Useful Information
Use Quotations
Use Quotes
Create a Strong Title
Ten Ways to Avoid Grammatical Errors
Respect the Rules of Grammar
Do Not Change Tenses
Know How to Use the Possessive Case
Make Verbs Agree With Their Subjects
Avoid Dangling Modifiers
Avoid Shifts in Pronoun Forms
Avoid Splitting Infinitives
Avoid These Common Mistakes
Be Sensitive to Changes in the Language
Prefer Good Writing to Good Grammar
Six Ways to Avoid Punctuation Errors
Use Orthodox Punctuation
Know When to Use a Comma
Know When to Use a Semicolon
Know When to Use a Colon
Use Exclamation Points Only When Exclaiming and Question Marks Only When Asking Questions
Know How to Use Quotation Marks
Twelve Ways to Avoid Making Your Reader Hate You
Avoid Jargon
Avoid Cliches
Avoid Parentheses
Avoid Footnotes
Don't Use Transitions to Conceal Information
Don't Acknowledge When You Should Explain
Don't Hide Behind Your Words
Don't Intrude
Don't Play Words Games
Don't Play the Tom Wolfe Game
Don't Play the Mystery Game
Don't Cheat
Seven Ways to Edit Yourself
Read Your Work Out Loud
Cut Unnecessary Words
Think About What You Have Written
Ask Yourself These Questions
Follow These Rules of Form for Titles
Prepare a Perfect Manuscript
Use Common Sense
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