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

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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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Unlock the Power of the Most Important Writing Skill!
What is the most effective way to take your writing from good to great?
Say exactly what you want to say with precision and power. It sounds simple, but every writer struggles with this essential skill. Now, the tools you need to write concise, powerful prose are at your fingertips.
Write Tight is an utterly readable guide that tackles these issues head-on, with incredible tips and techniques to help you master your prose. 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.
You?ll discover:
--How to overcome the four levels of wordiness
--Identifying 16 types of flabby writing
--Exercises that help you avoid wordiness
--Using sidebars and checklists to streamline
--Tests that show how concise your prose is-and how to make it better!
Write Tight will give you the advantages you need to take your writing to the next level.
?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

About the Author:

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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