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

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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 ...

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

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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, clich├ęs, and more.

The advice in this ingenious and useful book has helped Tom G., Martha D., and Cathy W.* write more clearly, confidently, and persuasively. It can do the same for you - whether you write for school, work, or pleasure. If you've tried other programs, only to fall back on bad habits, let Standard English be your guide. This book will show you how.

Get ready to improve your writing skills - one sentence at a time.

*their real names

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312328047
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,152,272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert W. Harris has worked as a technical and business writer for the past 20 years. He is the author of ten books, including Fun with Phone Solicitors and Understanding Desktop Publishing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2004

    Entertaining approach to improving writing skills

    In this book, Mr. Harris succeeds in combining a brilliant parody of self-help books with practical, easy to use writing tips. Unlike most writing books, this one focuses on different types of defective sentences and ways to fix them. And throughout the book, we learn all about 'malescribism' and discover ways to get in touch with our 'inner child-writer.' Highly recommended for anyone who wants to write better, or who needs a good, long laugh.

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