100 Ways to Improve Your Writing

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Penguin, Oct 1, 1985 - Reference - 176 pages
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This is the one guide that anyone who writes--whether student, business person, or professional writer--should put on the desk beside pencil, pen, typewriter, or word processor. Filled with professional tips and a wealth of instructive examples, this valuable, easy-to-use handbook can help you solve any and all writing problems.
 

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I'm a firm believer that the best way to improve one's writing is to read a lot and write a lot (thank you On Writing, where I first heard this). This simple act of immersion, AKA doing the work, is ... Read full review

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This book was a fantastic crash course in improving one's writing skills. I would certainly recommend this to anyone who is getting started with professional writing or simply wants to brush up on their written communication skills. Read full review

Contents

Nine Ways to Improve Your Writing When Youre Not Writing
1
1 Get Some Reference Books
3
2 Expand Your Vocabulary
5
3 Improve Your Spelling
6
4 Read
8
5 Take a Class
9
6 Eavesdrop
11
7 Research
12
7 Use the Active Voice Most of the Time
80
8 Say Things in a Positive Way Most of the Time
82
9 Be Specific
83
10 Use Statistics
85
11 Provide Facts
86
12 Put Emphatic Words at the End
87
Eleven Ways to Make People Like What You Write
89
1 Make Yourself Likable
91

8 Write in Your Head
14
9 Choose a Time and Place
15
Nine Ways to Overcome Writers Block
17
1 Copy Something
19
2 Keep a Journal
20
3 Talk About What Youre Writing
21
4 Touch Your Toes
22
6 Organize Your Material
23
7 Make a List
24
8 Picture a Reader
25
9 Ask Yourself Why You Are Writing
26
Five Ways to Write a Strong Beginning
29
1 Find a Slant
31
2 Write a Strong Lead
32
3 Dont Make Promises You Cant Keep
36
5 Begin at the Beginning
38
Wine Ways to Save Time and Energy
41
1 Use Ityramid Construction
43
2 Use Topic Sentences
44
3 Write Short Paragraphs
46
5 Dont Explain When You Dont Have To
48
6 Use Bridge Words
49
7 Avoid Wordiness
50
8 Steal
51
9 Stop Writing When You Get to the End
52
Ten Ways to Develop Style
55
1 Think About Style
57
2 Listen to What You Write
58
3 Mimic Spoken Language
59
4 Vary Sentence Length
60
5 Vary Sentence Construction
61
6 Write Complete Sentences
63
7 Show Dont Tell
65
8 Keep Related Words Together
66
9 Use Parallel Construction
67
10 Dont Force a Personal Style
68
Twelve Ways to Give Your Words Power
71
1 Use Short Words
73
2 Use Dense Words
74
4 Use Active Verbs
75
5 Use Strong Verbs
76
6 Use Specific Nouns
78
3 Show Your Opinion
93
4 Obey Your Own Rules
95
5 Use Anecdotes
96
6 Use Examples
97
7 Name Your Sources
98
8 Provide Useful Information
100
10 Use Quotes
102
11 Create a Strong Title
104
Ten Ways to Avoid Grammatical Errors
105
1 Respect the Rules of Grammar
107
2 Do Not Change Tenses
108
3 Know How to Use the Possessive Case
109
4 Make Verbs Agree With Subjects
110
5 Avoid Dangling Modifiers
112
7 Avoid Splitting Infinitives
113
8 Avoid These Common Mistakes
114
9 Be Sensitive to Changes in the Language
115
10 Prefer Good Writing to Good Grammar
116
Six Ways to Avoid Punctuation Errors
119
1 Use Orthodox Punctuation
121
2 Know When to Use a Comma
122
3 Know When to Use a Semicolon
126
4 Know When to Use a Colon
127
6 Know How to Use Quotation Marks
128
Twelve Ways to Avoid Making Your Reader Hate You
133
1 Avoid Jargon
135
2 Avoid Cliches
136
3 Avoid Parentheses
137
4 Avoid Footnotes
138
6 Dont Acknowledge When You Should Explain
139
7 Dont Hide Behind Your Words
140
8 Dont Intrude
142
9 Dont Play Word Games
143
11 Dont Play the Mystery Game
144
12 Dont Cheat
145
Seven Ways to Edit Yourself
149
1 Read Your Work Out Loud
151
3 Think About What You Have Written
153
4 Ask Yourself These Questions
154
5 Follow These Rules of Form for Titles
155
6 Prepare a Perfect Manuscript
156
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