Write Tight: Say Exactly What You Mean with Precision and Power

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Sourcebooks, Inc., Sep 1, 2007 - Reference - 240 pages
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"These days, most creative-writing courses teach self-indulgence. Write Tight counsels discipline. It is worth more than a university education. Its advice is gold." -Dean Koontz

Foreword by Lawrence Block

Not since The Elements of Style has a writing guide had the ability to turn a writer's work around so effectively. Every writer struggles with keeping their prose focused and concise, but surprisingly few books address this essential topic. Write Tight is an informative and utterly readable guide that tackles these issues head-on.

William Brohaugh, former editor of Writer's Digest, goes beyond the discussion on redundancy and overwriting to take on evasiveness, affectations, roundabout writing, tangents and "invisible" words. Other topics include:

-Outlining the four levels of wordiness
-Identifying 16 types of flabby writing
-Exercises that help writers avoid wordiness
-Streamlining through sidebars and checklists
-Tests that show how concise a writer's prose is

"Write Tight is a supremely valuable, 'must-have' for aspiring writers in all fields from prose to nonfiction, journalistic copy, screenwriting and so much more." -Midwest Book Review
 

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Brohaugh's book reminds us that brevity is the soul of wit and that English is a mix of rules and exceptions to those rules. An editor for Writer's Digest , he has written extensively about the craft ... Read full review

Contents

A Tight Fit IntoTodays World
1
Chapter 1The Four Levels of Wordiness and Howto Tackle Them
5
Chapter 2 Sixteen Types of Wordiness and How to Trim Them
19
Chapter 3 Prewriting Tight
83
Chapter 4Testing Your Writing for Flab
89
Chapter 5The Danger Signs of Wordiness
113
Chapter 6 Exercises for Developing Your Awareness of Concision
123
Chapter 7 Reducing the Mental Length of Your Manuscript
131
Writing Light
165
Chapter 11Tips for Trimming During Manuscript Revision
179
Chapter 12 Shave and a Haircut and a Few Bits
187
Bibliography and Sources
193
A Baedeker of the Redundant
195
Apologia
205
Index
207
About the Author
223

Chapter 8 Nonverbal Streamlining
137
Chapter 9 How Tight Is Too Tight?
151

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About the author (2007)

William Brohaugh is the former editor of Writer's Digest magazine and the former editorial director of Writer's Digest Books. He is the author of Unfortunate English and Professional Etiquette for Writers, and is the director of English through the Ages. He lives in Amelia, Ohio.

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