To the Point: A Dictionary of Concise Writingby Robert Hartwell Fiske
The essential guide to writing succinctly.Who doesn’t hate wading through wordy paragraphs? Unfortunately, many writers don’t realize when they are padding their sentences and obscuring their meaning. Enter To the Point, the essential guide to writing succinctly. Featuring hundreds of new entries, this freshly updated edition is complete/em>/p>
The essential guide to writing succinctly.Who doesn’t hate wading through wordy paragraphs? Unfortunately, many writers don’t realize when they are padding their sentences and obscuring their meaning. Enter To the Point, the essential guide to writing succinctly. Featuring hundreds of new entries, this freshly updated edition is complete with:
• A guide to the basics of writing concisely, including how to reduce the number of words in a phrase, substitute a single word for a phrase, and delete extraneous words and phrases.
• The "Dictionary of Concise Writing," which gives concise alternatives to thousands of wordy phrases. Language expert Robert Hartwell Fiske uses each wordy phrase in a sentence and then rewrites or deletes the phrase entirely to show how the sentence can be improved.
• The brand new "Guide to Obfuscation: A Reverse Dictionary," which helps writers build a more pithy vocabulary.
To the Point is the perfect reference book for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively through clear and beautiful writing.
In part one of this three-part update to his Dictionary of Concise Writing, Fiske (editor of the online Vocabula Review; Dictionary of Unendurable English) offers general grammar advice and suggestions such as avoiding euphemisms, jargon, and legalese. In part two, the author presents wordy phrases and suggested corrections in a dictionary format. The last section is laid out in columns that list "Concise" and "Wordy" usage. No need to "bring things to a close," for example, when one can simply "finish" or use "vast majority" when one can say "most." Fiske's frequent use of before and after sentences clearly illustrates his points and shows how to tighten flabby writing. VERDICT There is room for argument that nothing is saved by using "unproved" over "unproven" or that there are shades of difference in the concise "consent to" and the wordy "voice support for," but this title makes writers think about their readers' time and the value of each word. An enjoyable addition to most libraries, and something verbose word mavens may wish to purchase for themselves.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley Sch., Fort Worth, TX
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Meet the Author
Robert Hartwell Fiske is the editor and publisher of The Vocabula Review, an online journal about the English language. The author of The Dictionary of Unendurable English and other books about language, he lives in Rockport, Massachusetts.
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