Getting the Words Right

Getting the Words Right

39 Ways to Improve your Writing

Book - 2005
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Outlines a series of targeted methods that can be applied to improve a writing style, explaining how to minimize extraneous words for more concise writing, create smooth transitions, check for errors, and more. Original.

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The Secret to Good Writing

When asked by the Paris Review what compelled him to rewrite the ending of A Farewell to Arms 39 times, Ernest Hemingway replied, "Getting the words right." His answer echoes what every successful writer knows: The secret to all good writing is revision.

For more than twenty years, Getting the Words Right has helped writers from all professions rewrite, revise, and refine their writing. In this new edition, author Theodore Cheney offers 39 targeted ways you can improve your writing, including how to:

  • create smooth transitions between paragraphs
  • correct the invisible faults of inconsistency, incoherence, and imbalance
  • overcome problems of shifting point of view and style
  • express your ideas clearly by trimming away weak or extra words

You'll strengthen existing pieces and every future work by applying the three simple principles—reduce, rearrange, and reword. Once the secrets of revision are yours, you'll be able to follow Hemingway's lead—and get the words right!

Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, c2005
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9781582973586
Characteristics: 248 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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Jan 05, 2018

The advice he offers is helpful, presented with the run-of-the-mill quality that Writer’s Digest books aspire to. Nothing untoward. Read it quickly and then move on with life.


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