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100 ways to improve your writing

Author: Gary Provost
Publisher: New York : New American Library, ©1985.
Series: Mentor, ME 2721
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Provides techniques and advice explaining how to write with style, get inspiration, and master grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Provost
ISBN: 0451624254 9780451624253 9780451627216 0451627210
OCLC Number: 12878095
Notes: "A Mentor book."
Description: xvi, 158 pages ; 18 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
I. Nine Ways to Improve Your Writing When You're Not Writing --
1. Get Some Reference Books --
2. Expand Your Vocabulary --
3. Improve Your Spelling --
4. Read --
5. Take a Class --
6. Eavesdrop --
7. Research --
8. Write in Your Head --
9. Choose a Time and Place --
II. Nine Ways to Overcome Writer's Block --
1. Copy Something --
2. Keep a Journal --
3. Talk About What You're Writing --
4. Touch Your Toes --
5. Do Writing Exercises --
6. Organize Your Material --
7. Make a List --
8. Picture a Reader --
9. Ask Yourself Why You Are Writing --
III. Five Ways to Write a Strong Beginning --
1. Find a Slant --
2. Write a Strong Lead --
3. Don't Make Promises You Can't Keep --
4. Set a Tone and Maintain It --
5. Begin at the Beginning --
IV. Nine Ways to Save Time and Energy --
1. Use Pyramid Construction --
2. Use Topic Sentences --
3. Write Short Paragraphs --
4. Use Transitional Phrases --
5. Don't Explain When You Don't Have To --
6. Use Bridge Words --
7. Avoid Wordiness --
8. Steal --
9. Stop Writing When You Get to the End --
V. Ten Ways to Develop Style --
1. Think About Style --
2. Listen to What You Write --
3. Mimic Spoken Language --
4. Vary Sentence Length --
5. Vary Sentence Construction --
6. Write Complete Sentences --
7. Show, Don't Tell --
8. Keep Related Words Together --
9. Use Parallel Construction --
10. Don't Force a Personal Style --
VI. Twelve Ways to Give Your Words Power --
1. Use Short Words --
2. Use Dense Words --
3. Use Familiar Words --
4. Use Active Verbs --
5. Use Strong Verbs --
6. Use Specific Nouns --
7. Use the Active Voice ... Most of the Time --
8. Say Things in a Positive Way ... Most of the Time --
9. Be Specific --
10. Use Statistics --
11. Provide Facts --
12. Put Emphatic Words at the End --
VII. Eleven Ways to Make People Like What You Write --
1. Make Yourself Likable --
2. Write About People --
3. Show Your Opinion --
4. Obey Your Own Rules --
5. Use Anecdotes --
6. Use Examples --
7. Name Your Sources --
8. Provide Useful Information --
9. Use Quotations --
10. Use Quotes --
11. Create a Strong Title --
VIII. Ten Ways to Avoid Grammatical Errors --
1. Respect the Rules of Grammar --
2. Do Not Change Tenses --
3. Know How to Use the Possessive Case --
4. Make Verbs Agree With Their Subjects --
5. Avoid Dangling Modifiers --
6. Avoid Shifts in Pronoun Forms --
7. Avoid Splitting Infinitives --
8. Avoid These Common Mistakes --
9. Be Sensitive to Changes in the Language --
10. Prefer Good Writing to Good Grammar --
IX. Six Ways to Avoid Punctuation Errors --
1. Use Orthodox Punctuation --
2. Know When to Use a Comma --
3. Know When to Use a Semicolon --
4. Know When to Use a Colon --
5. Use Exclamation Points Only When Exclaiming and Question Marks Only When Asking Questions --
6. Know How to Use Quotation Marks --
X. Twelve Ways to Avoid Making Your Reader Hate You --
1. Avoid Jargon --
2. Avoid Cliches --
3. Avoid Parentheses --
4. Avoid Footnotes --
5. Don't Use Transitions to Conceal Information --
6. Don't Acknowledge When You Should Explain --
7. Don't Hide Behind Your Words --
8. Don't Intrude --
9. Don't Play Words Games --
10. Don't Play the Tom Wolfe Game --
11. Don't Play the Mystery Game --
12. Don't Cheat --
XI. Seven Ways to Edit Yourself --
1. Read Your Work Out Loud --
2. Cut Unnecessary Words --
3. Think About What You Have Written --
4. Ask Yourself These Questions --
5. Follow These Rules of Form for Titles --
6. Prepare a Perfect Manuscript --
7. Use Common Sense.
Series Title: Mentor, ME 2721
Other Titles: One hundred ways to improve your writing
Responsibility: Gary Provost.

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