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
     
 

Writing well is, or at least should be, the goal of every writer and aspiring author. William Brohaugh, in this classic writing reference, shows how to do just that-achieve a high standard of writing. In Write Tight, Brohaugh teaches how to not only say exactly what you want with grace and power, using the right word, but also how to use the right number ofSee more details below

Overview

Writing well is, or at least should be, the goal of every writer and aspiring author. William Brohaugh, in this classic writing reference, shows how to do just that-achieve a high standard of writing. In Write Tight, Brohaugh teaches how to not only say exactly what you want with grace and power, using the right word, but also how to use the right number of words. Concerns examined range from unnecessary book chapters to unnecessary syllables. Taking the reader into the realm of tight writing, Brohaugh shows that good writing is often the balance of the tight and the loose.


About the Author
William Brohaugh is a former editor of Writer's Digest and editorial director of Writer's Digest Books. He is the author of Professional Etiquette for Writers and English Through the Ages.

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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