BUGS in Writing: A Guide to Debugging Your Prose

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Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1995 - English language - 649 pages
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This Book May be the First Book on Writing that people read for sheer fun. BUGS in Writing, Revised Edition was developed for anyone who writes and works with computers, including computer and other scientist, students, professors, business people, programmers, and technical writers. Lyn Dupre presents 150 independent and easily digestible segments, resembling a daily newspaper column. Simple principles for lucid prose that effectively communicates ideas are conveyed by numerous, intriguing, and frequently hilarious examples that are classified as Bad, Ugly, Good, or Splendid.

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User Review  - zzamboni - LibraryThing

This book was very useful to me, as a non-native English speaker, when I started writing technical texts in graduate school. It contains many short recipe-like chapters, each one about a particular topic. The typesetting is unusual, and some find it distracting, although I think it's cute. Read full review

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Dupre's clear advice, presented with a sense of fun, may benefit anyone who writes. However, it is geared to technical and academic writers who usually understand their material but are not so skilled ... Read full review


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About the author (1995)

Lyn Dupré was born in Manhattan, where her father was an editor for the "Wall Street Journal," the "Herald Tribune," and the "New York Times," and her mother was the buyer for the Teacher's College Bookstore. She studied philosophy and law at Barnard College and at Cambridge University. She has had over 15 years of experience as a freelance copy editor and developmental editor, specializing in computer-science, science, and medical textbooks. She has edited over 400 books for various major publishers, and has worked for numerous academic institutions. She also works directly with graduate students and other authors to help them improve their writing. Lyn edits and writes during breaks from her serious work as a wood carver and photographer. She wrote BUGS in Writing under the close supervision of her cats, BB and Red. Her fondest hope is that the availability of this book will eliminate any future need for her work as a copy editor.

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