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Write Tight,9781402210518

Write Tight

Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 9/1/2007
Publisher(s): Sourcebooks Inc


?These days, most creative-writing courses teach self-indulgence. Write Tight counsels discipline. It is worth more than a university education. Its advice is gold.? -Dean Koontz Foreword by Lawrence Block Not since The Elements of Style has a writing guide had the ability to turn a writer's work around so effectively. Every writer struggles with keeping their prose focused and concise, but surprisingly few books address this essential topic. Write Tight is an informative and utterly readable guide that tackles these issues head-on. William Brohaugh, former editor of Writer's Digest, goes beyond the discussion on redundancy and overwriting to take on evasiveness, affectations, roundabout writing, tangents and ?invisible? words. Other topics include: -Outlining the four levels of wordiness -Identifying 16 types of flabby writing -Exercises that help writers avoid wordiness -Streamlining through sidebars and checklists -Tests that show how concise a writer's prose is ?Write Tight is a supremely valuable, ?must-have? for aspiring writers in all fields from prose to nonfiction, journalistic copy, screenwriting and so much more.? -Midwest Book Review

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Introduction: A Tight Fit Into Today's Worldp. 1
The Four Levels of Wordiness and How to Tackle Themp. 5
Sixteen Types of Wordiness and How to Trim Themp. 19
Prewriting Tightp. 83
Testing Your Writing for Flabp. 89
The Danger Signs of Wordinessp. 113
Exercises for Developing Your Awareness of Concisionp. 123
Reducing the Mental Length of Your Manuscriptp. 131
Nonverbal Streamliningp. 137
How Tight Is Too Tight?p. 151
Putting It All Together: Writing Lightp. 165
Tips for Trimming During Manuscript Revisionp. 179
Shave and a Haircut and a Few Bitsp. 187
Bibliography and Sourcesp. 193
A Baedeker of the Redundantp. 195
Apologiap. 205
Indexp. 207
About the Authorp. 223
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