Compose Yourself is the ideal reference work for anyone who wants to express their thoughts in the clearest and most effective way for any audience--whether in essays, journalism, letters or work reports. Inaccurate or poorly expressed writing can create a detrimental impression on the reader, but it is easy to avoid such problems by thinking logically about what you want to say before starting to write. Packed with examples of poor usage from sources such as magazines and newspapers, this commonsense guide demonstrates the best ways of producing confident and persuasive English. An invaluable addition to the bookshelf of everyone who wants to write well, it provides the key tools to help you: Focus on what you want to say and keep your message clearUse words meaningfully and unambiguouslyPrevent common errors in usage and lapses in grammarFind the most appropriate language for your subjectAvoid jargon, clichEs and misuse of metaphorsCut out unnecessary phrases and words
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Harry Blamires is the author of The Penguin Guide to Plain English and numerous other books, including works on theology, literary history and criticism.
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