Noble's Book of Writing Blunders (And How To Avoid Them)

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Writer's Digest Books, Dec 14, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 184 pages
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Stay away from prose that is static, dusty, or too formal! Learn to energize your writing and make your words come alive! Author William Noble shows you that some of the worst mistakes come from sticking too closely to the rules. By learning which rules are okay to ignore, you will be able to remedy your errors and create the kind of writing that makes fiction and nonfiction stories crackle with life.

&break;&break;Inside, Noble identifies the blunders most common to every writer, beginning or advanced and demonstrates how to correct your mistake and avoid it in the future. By avoiding these common pitfalls, you can begin to improve your writing today!

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  • Don't Write For Your Eighth-Grade Teacher&break;
  • Don't Complicate the Obvious&break;
  • Don't Use Journalese or Slangify Words and Phrases&break;
  • Don't Wallow in a Sentence Straightjacket&break;
  • Don't Add Adverbs and Adjectives to Prettify Your Prose&break;
  • Don't Passify Your Verb Voice&break;
  • Don't Repeat Without Relevance&break;
  • Don't Wrap Characters in the Same Grammar Blanket&break;
  • Don't Be Afraid to Make Your Own Rules
 

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If you are a writer, this is a book worth having. It is clear, concise, and it helps that there’s a large amount of humor throughout the text. I’ve read a few books on the writing/editing process ... Read full review

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A very bad book offering the most appalling advice to budding writers. One gets the impression that the author has summarized every cliche about writing ever uttered without really knowing how to ... Read full review

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William Noble is the author or co-author of many books. His books for writers, each of which has been a main selection of WDBC, include ""Shut Up!" He Explained"; "Make That Scene," "Steal This Plot," and "Conflict, Action, and Suspense" (Elements of Fiction series). His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in more than 40 magazines and newspapers. He has appeared on more than 80 TV and radio shows in connection with his writing, and now he is a full-time writer based in his 150-year-old farmhouse in Cornwall, Vermont.

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