When Good People Write Bad Sentences: 12 Steps to Better Writing Habits / Edition 1

When Good People Write Bad Sentences: 12 Steps to Better Writing Habits / Edition 1

by Robert W. Harris
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312328044

ISBN-13: 2900312328046

Pub. Date: 06/01/2004

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

At last, help for writers who can admit they have a problem.

Do you get a lift by dangling a participle? Has your punctuation ever caused difficulties at home or at work? Do you consider yourself just a "social misspeller?"

These are just a few of the warning signs that you might have an addiction to bad writing. But fear not. This practical guide to…  See more details below

Overview

At last, help for writers who can admit they have a problem.

Do you get a lift by dangling a participle? Has your punctuation ever caused difficulties at home or at work? Do you consider yourself just a "social misspeller?"

These are just a few of the warning signs that you might have an addiction to bad writing. But fear not. This practical guide to eliminating bad writing habits will put you on the path to recovery. Filled with accessible advice and examples, this "powerful 12-step program" identifies the most common writing mistakes and offers simple ways to correct them. Here, you can learn to overcome wordiness, formality, incompleteness, and other problems that stand in the way of clear communication. And as you learn to eliminate ineffective sentences, you'll be "writing off" jargon, mixed metaphors, clichés, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900312328046
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224

Table of Contents

Contents

TITLE PAGE,
COPYRIGHT NOTICE,
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS,
THE TWELVE STEPS TO VERBAL ENLIGHTENMENT,
INTRODUCTION,
STEP 1. Accept the Fact That Bad Writing Happens (by Overcoming Denial),
STEP 2. Admit You've Willingly Made Writing Mistakes (by Overcoming Pride),
STEP 3. Believe That Standard English Can Heal You (by Overcoming Suspicion),
STEP 4. Stop Writing Weak Sentences (by Overcoming Insecurity),
STEP 5. Stop Writing Formal Sentences (by Overcoming Worry),
STEP 6. Stop Writing Overweight Sentences (by Overcoming Shame),
STEP 7. Stop Writing Unclear Sentences (by Overcoming Indifference),
STEP 8. Stop Writing Careless Sentences (by Overcoming Regret),
STEP 9. Stop Writing Unpersuasive Sentences (by Overcoming Doubt),
STEP 10. Stop Writing Incongruous Sentences (by Overcoming Anger),
STEP 11. Stop Writing Unstructured Sentences (by Overcoming Rebelliousness),
STEP 12. Stop Writing Unsightly Sentences (by Overcoming Stubbornness),
NOTES,
AFTERWORD,
RECOVERING MALESCRIBE'S BILL OF RIGHTS,
INDEX,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR,
COPYRIGHT,

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