Words Fail Me: What Everyone who Writes Should Know about Writing

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Harcourt, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 228 pages
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A fun, focused guide to making words work for you


Whether you are working on the novel that's been in the back of your mind for years or simply facing an increasing demand to write well at work or school, the fact remains: we all write more often these days, be it reports, e-mails, blog posts, or texts. But despite the increase in written communication, the fundamentals of good writing have been lost. Grammar maven Patricia T. O'Conner comes to the rescue with the most painless, practical, and funny writing book ever written. In short, snappy chapters filled with crystal-clear examples, amusing comparisons, and humorous allegories that cover everything from "Pronoun Pileups" and "Verbs That Zing" to "What to Do When You're Stuck," O'Conner provides simple, straightforward tips to help you sort through your thoughts and make your sentences strong.

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User Review  - Steph - Goodreads

Awesome book- O'Conner is entertaining and her advice makes sense. I highly recommend this to any aspiring writers. This book is humorous and educational, but not in the dull, old-fashioned sense of the word. :) Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Proutt - Goodreads

I learned more about writing in the past week with this book than all my years of school Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Patrcia T. O'Conner was an editor at the New York Times Book Review when she wrote Woe Is I. Her writing has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times and Newsweek. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Stewart Kellerman.

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