Edit Yourself: A Manual for Everyone Who Words with Words
"A strong new entry for the reference shelf of anyone who writes to be understood—or would like to."—Pittsburgh PressIn the first part of this useful book, the author shows how to solve common problems of writing. The reader will learn how to recognize common problems of writing. The reader will learn how to recognize words and phrases that should be cut; how to shorten cumbersome sentences; how to arrange the elements of pairs, series, and compound subjects and predicates; how to recognize and rectify mismanaged participles; and how to be on the lookout for the better word.
The second part of the book consists of more than 1500 recommendations for cuts, changes, and comparisons that editors make to produce writing that is concise and effective.
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abbreviations Active Voice adjective adverb allusion indirect antecedent Barber of Seville basis CHANGE cars CHANGE TO CHANGE CHANGE TO COMPARE CHANGE TO CUT CHANGE TO TRY commas comments under her(s COMPARE CHANGE COMPARE COMPARE COMPARE TRY compound Consistent construction countries CUT CHANGE CUT COMPARE CUT OR CHANGE CUT OR TRY CUT TRY delete Dictionary distinction e.g. for example editors effect elliptical clauses exported follow hyphen Inconsistent kind of problem long benefited main clause main problem master dangling meaning Merriam-Webster's Meryl Streep nonrestrictive clauses obverse OPEC overused parallel participle passive voice percent percentage person planted smiles preferred prepositional phrase Pronoun References punctuation put frowns reason related to TRY reserve restrictive clause rewriting singular solution spelling split an infinitive style sheet subordinate clause tence Tom Wolfe TRY CHANGE TRY COMPARE TRY cost TRY TO CUT usage usually is obvious Wang Laboratories William Raspberry word to avoid WXYZ