Getting the Words Right

Getting the Words Right

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by Theodore Cheney
     
 

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The Secret to Good Writing

When asked by the Paris Review what compelled him to rewrite the ending of A Farewell to Arms 39 times, Ernest Hemingway replied, "Getting the words right." His answer echoes what every successful writer knows: The secret to all good writing is revision.

For more than twenty years, Getting the Words Right

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The Secret to Good Writing

When asked by the Paris Review what compelled him to rewrite the ending of A Farewell to Arms 39 times, Ernest Hemingway replied, "Getting the words right." His answer echoes what every successful writer knows: The secret to all good writing is revision.

For more than twenty years, Getting the Words Right has helped writers from all professions rewrite, revise, and refine their writing. In this new edition, author Theodore Cheney offers 39 targeted ways you can improve your writing, including how to:

  • create smooth transitions between paragraphs
  • correct the invisible faults of inconsistency, incoherence, and imbalance
  • overcome problems of shifting point of view and style
  • express your ideas clearly by trimming away weak or extra words
You'll strengthen existing pieces and every future work by applying the three simple principles—reduce, rearrange, and reword. Once the secrets of revision are yours, you'll be able to follow Hemingway's lead—and get the words right!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599633459
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
05/17/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
931 KB

Meet the Author

A longtime University professor, Theodore Cheney is also the author of Writing Creative Nonfiction.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Getting the Words Right" addresses rewriting and revising, which in may ways is the most important step in the writing process - the step where you make certain that the finished product is decent and presentable to the intended audience. But this book is helpful beyond the expected parameters of revisions. Written with humor and instructing with examples, it is engaging as well as instructive. I believe writers of blogs to books, and everything in between, will glean a few helpful tips.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book and it helped me this year in 8th grade social studies. in case you didn't know My GrandFather Theodore Albert Rees Cheney has recently passed away but hopefully his books will live on forever
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