Edit Yourself: A Manual for Everyone Who Words with Words

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 17, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 128 pages
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"A strong new entry for the reference shelf of anyone who writes to be understood—or would like to."—Pittsburgh Press

In 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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Contents

Part I WHAT EDITORS LOOK FOR
1
Fat
3
The Better Word
9
Pronoun References
13
Order in the Sentence
17
Shorter Sentences
20
Dangling Constructions
23
Abused Relatives
25
The Active Voice
29
Parallel Constructions
32
Consistency
34
Basic Tools
40
WHAT EDITORS CUT CHANGE AND COMPARE
43
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Bruce Ross-Larson lives in Washington, D.C.

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