Write Tight : How to Keep Your Prose Sharp, Focused and Concise / Edition 1

Write Tight : How to Keep Your Prose Sharp, Focused and Concise / Edition 1

by William Brohaugh
     
 

ISBN-10: 1882926889

ISBN-13: 9781882926886

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: ISI Books

"William Brohaugh provides a priceless gift - he teaches you how to say exactly what you want with grace and power, selecting not only the correct word, but also the right number of words. He discusses much more than redundancies and flabby writing. He also shows you how to tackle other sources of lifeless prose: evasiveness, blather, affectations, roundabout writing,…  See more details below

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"William Brohaugh provides a priceless gift - he teaches you how to say exactly what you want with grace and power, selecting not only the correct word, but also the right number of words. He discusses much more than redundancies and flabby writing. He also shows you how to tackle other sources of lifeless prose: evasiveness, blather, affectations, roundabout writing, self-indulgence, "inflated" and "deflated" language, tangents, and invisible - and therefore unnecessary - words." "Brohaugh examines concerns as small as excising unnecessary syllables (the "up" in "upon" is almost always removable) and as large as excising gratuitous book chapters. He demonstrates one of the paradoxes of good writing - it is almost always a result of balancing the tight and the loose. Tight writing can take the form of sentences cascading at great length off the page, while flabby writing can sometimes be as short as a single phrase." In Write Tight, you'll tackle compactness, concision, and precision with specific instruction and helpful exercises.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781882926886
Publisher:
ISI Books
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Tight Fit Into Today's World1
1The Four Levels of Wordiness and How to Tackle Them4
2Sixteen Types of Wordiness and How to Trim Them16
3Prewriting Tight77
4Testing Your Writing for Flab85
5The Danger Signs of Wordiness106
6Exercises for Developing Your Awareness of Concision116
7Reducing the Mental Length of Your Manuscript124
8Nonverbal Streamlining130
9How Tight Is Too Tight?143
10Putting It All Together: Writing Light155
11Tips for Trimming During Manuscript Revision168
12Shave and a Haircut and a Few Bits175
Bibliography and Sources181
AppA Baedeker of the Redundant185
Apologia189
Index191

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