A Writer's Coach: An Editor's Guide to Words That Work

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 22, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 304 pages
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Mystified over misplaced modifiers? In a trance from intransitive verbs? Paralyzed from using the passive voice? To aid writers, from beginners to professionals, legendary writing coach Jack Hart presents a comprehensive, practical, step-by-step approach to the writing process. He shares his techniques for composing and sustaining powerful writing and demonstrates how to overcome the most common obstacles such as procrastination, writer’s block, and excessive polishing. With instructive examples and excerpts from outstanding writing to provide inspiration, A Writer’s Coach is a boon to writers, editors, teachers, and students.


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Word craft: an editor's guide to words that work

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Good writing can dance, according to Jack Hart, "writing coach" and managing editor at The Oregonian. It has a rhythm "that pleases in its own right, creating cadences that give pleasure, regardless ... Read full review

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This editor can show you how to polish and add depth and feeling to your prose. The chapter cheat sheets are helpful, but this book is just crying out for a WORKBOOK! There are no exercises here to practice what he teaches. Read full review

Contents

Title Page Introduction
METHOD
PROCESS
STRUCTURE
FORCE
BREVITY
CLARITY
RHYTHM
HUMANITY
COLOR
VOICE
MECHANICS
MASTERY
Selected Resources for Writers
Copyright

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Jack Hart is a managing editor of The Oregonian and has served as the newspaper's writing coach and staff development director. Formerly a professor of journalism at The University of Oregon, he has often lectured at Harvard's Niemann Conference for Narrative Journalism, and he teaches at writers' conferences throughout the country.


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