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100 Ways to Improve Your Writing : Proven Professional Techniques for Writing Ith Style and Power :  Proven Professional Techniques for Writing Ith Style and Power - Gary Provost

100 Ways to Improve Your Writing : Proven Professional Techniques for Writing Ith Style and Power

Proven Professional Techniques for Writing Ith Style and Power

Paperback Published: October 1985
ISBN: 9780451627216
Number Of Pages: 158
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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.

Introductionp. xiii
Nine Ways to Improve Your Writing When You're Not Writingp. 1
Get Some Reference Booksp. 3
Expand Your Vocabularyp. 5
Improve Your Spellingp. 6
Readp. 8
Take a Classp. 9
Eavesdropp. 11
Researchp. 12
Write in Your Headp. 14
Choose a Time and Placep. 15
Nine Ways to Overcome Writer's Blockp. 17
Copy Somethingp. 19
Keep a Journalp. 20
Talk About What You're Writingp. 21
Touch Your Toesp. 22
Do Writing Exercisesp. 22
Organize Your Materialp. 23
Make a Listp. 24
Picture a Readerp. 25
Ask Yourself Why You Are Writingp. 26
Five Ways to Write a Strong Beginningp. 29
Find a Slantp. 31
Write a Strong Leadp. 32
Don't Make Promises You Can't Keepp. 36
Set a Tone and Maintain Itp. 36
Begin at the Beginningp. 38
Nine Ways to Save Time and Energyp. 41
Use Pyramid Constructionp. 43
Use Topic Sentencesp. 44
Write Short Paragraphsp. 46
Use Transitional Phrasesp. 46
Don't Explain When You Don't Have Top. 48
Use Bridge Wordsp. 49
Avoid Wordinessp. 50
Stealp. 51
Stop Writing When You Get to the Endp. 52
Ten Ways to Develop Stylep. 55
Think About Stylep. 57
Listen to What You Writep. 58
Mimic Spoken Languagep. 59
Vary Sentence Lengthp. 60
Vary Sentence Constructionp. 61
Write Complete Sentencesp. 63
Show, Don't Tellp. 65
Keep Related Words Togetherp. 66
Use Parallel Constructionp. 67
Don't Force a Personal Stylep. 68
Twelve Ways to Give Your Words Powerp. 71
Use Short Wordsp. 73
Use Dense Wordsp. 74
Use Familiar Wordsp. 74
Use Active Verbsp. 75
Use Strong Verbsp. 76
Use Specific Nounsp. 78
Use the Active Voice...Most of the Timep. 80
Say Things in a Positive Way ... Most of the Timep. 82
Be Specificp. 83
Use Statisticsp. 85
Provide Factsp. 86
Put Emphatic Words at the Endp. 87
Eleven Ways to Make People Like What You Writep. 89
Make Yourself Likablep. 91
Write About Peoplep. 92
Show Your Opinionp. 93
Obey Your Own Rulesp. 95
Use Anecdotesp. 96
Use Examplesp. 97
Name Your Sourcesp. 98
Provide Useful Informationp. 100
Use Quotationsp. 100
Use Quotesp. 102
Create a Strong Titlep. 104
Ten Ways to Avoid Grammatical Errorsp. 105
Respect the Rules of Grammarp. 107
Do Not Change Tensesp. 108
Know How to Use the Possessive Casep. 109
Make Verbs Agree With Their Subjectsp. 110
Avoid Dangling Modifiersp. 112
Avoid Shifts in Pronoun Formsp. 112
Avoid Splitting Infinitivesp. 113
Avoid These Common Mistakesp. 114
Be Sensitive to Changes in the Languagep. 115
Prefer Good Writing to Good Grammarp. 116
Six Ways to Avoid Punctuation Errorsp. 119
Use Orthodox Punctuationp. 121
Know When to Use a Commap. 122
Know When to Use a Semicolonp. 126
Know When to Use a Colonp. 127
Use Exclamation Points Only When Exclaiming and Question Marks Only When Asking Questionsp. 127
Know How to Use Quotation Marksp. 128
Twelve Ways to Avoid Making Your Reader Hate Youp. 133
Avoid Jargonp. 135
Avoid Clichesp. 136
Avoid Parenthesesp. 137
Avoid Footnotesp. 138
Don't Use Transitions to Conceal Informationp. 138
Don't Acknowledge When You Should Explainp. 139
Don't Hide Behind Your Wordsp. 140
Don't Intrudep. 142
Don't Play Words Gamesp. 143
Don't Play the Tom Wolfe Gamep. 143
Don't Play the Mystery Gamep. 144
Don't Cheatp. 145
Seven Ways to Edit Yourselfp. 149
Read Your Work Out Loudp. 151
Cut Unnecessary Wordsp. 152
Think About What You Have Writtenp. 153
Ask Yourself These Questionsp. 154
Follow These Rules of Form for Titlesp. 155
Prepare a Perfect Manuscriptp. 156
Use Common Sensep. 156
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ISBN: 9780451627216
ISBN-10: 0451627210
Series: Mentor Series
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 158
Published: October 1985
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 17.15 x 10.8  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.09

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