Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well MattersLittle, Brown and Company #ad - He's even been knighted for his services to journalism. Harry evans has edited everything from the urgent files of battlefield reporters to the complex thought processes of Henry Kissinger. The compulsion to be precise has vanished from our culture, and in writing of every kind we see a trend towards more -- more speed and more information but far less clarity.
Evans provides practical examples of how editing and rewriting can make for better communication, even in the digital age. Do i make myself clear? is an essential text, and one that will provide every writer an editor at his shoulder. The right words are oxygen to our ideas, lmK, with all of its TTYL, and WTF, but the digital era, has been cutting off that oxygen flow.
Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters #ad - In do i make myself clear?, he brings his indispensable insight to us all in his definite guide to writing well. A wise and entertaining guide to writing English the proper way by one of the greatest newspaper editors of our time.
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Blundell, one of the best writers on one of america's best-written papers—The Wall Street Journal—has put his famous Journal Feature-Writing Seminars into this step-by-step guide for turning out great articles.
My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished TimesLittle, Brown and Company #ad - In an age when newspapers everywhere are under threat, My Paper Chase is not just a glorious recounting of an amazing life, but a nostalgic journey in black and white. My paper chase tells the story of Evans's great loves: newspapers and Tina Brown, the bright, young journalist who became his wife. In my paper chase, harold Evans recounts the wild and wonderful tale of newspapering life.
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4 is enriched by multiple diagrams and by personal anecdotes and charming reflections on the life of a writer. In a series of playful, john mcphee shares insights he has gathered over his career and has refined while teaching at Princeton University, expertly wrought essays, where he has nurtured some of the most esteemed writers of recent decades.
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Style Guide Economist BooksThe Economist #ad - Remember that "Questions are never indiscreet. This is the house that Jack built. But: this house, which Jack built, is now falling down. Discreet means circumspect or prudent; discrete means separate or distinct. This expanded twelfth edition of the bestselling guide to style is based on The Economist's own updated house style manual, and is an invaluable companion for everyone who wants to communicate with the clarity, style and precision for which The Economist is renowned.
As the introduction says, 'clarity of writing usually follows clarity of thought. The economist style guide gives general advice on writing, offers guidance on consistent use of punctuation, points out common errors and clichés, abbreviations and capital letters and contains an exhaustive range of reference material--covering everything from accountancy ratios and stock market indices to laws of nature and science.
Style Guide Economist Books #ad - Some of the numerous useful rules and common mistakes pointed out in the guide include:Which informs, that defines. Answers sometimes are" Oscar Wilde. Flaunt means display, flout means disdain. If you flout this distinction you will flaunt your ignorance. Forgo means do without; forego means go before. Fortuitous means accidental, not fortunate or well-timed.
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The Subversive Copy Editor, Second Edition: Advice from Chicago or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself ... Guides to Writing, Editing, and PublishingUniversity of Chicago Press #ad - The revised content reflects today’s publishing practices while retaining the self-deprecating tone and sharp humor that helped make the first edition so popular. In her search for practical strategies for keeping the peace, The Subversive Copy Editor was born. Saller’s ideas struck a chord, and the little book with big advice quickly became a must-have reference for copy editors everywhere.
In this second edition, saller adds new chapters, on the dangers of allegiance to outdated grammar and style rules and on ways to stay current in language and technology. Longtime manuscript editor and chicago manual of style guru Carol Fisher Saller has negotiated many a standoff between a writer and editor refusing to compromise on the “rights” and “wrongs” of prose styling.
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Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good ProseThree Rivers Press #ad - A fully revised and updated edition with writing prompts and challenges in every chapterToday’s writers need more spunk than Strunk: whether it's the Great American e-mail, or Grammy Award-winning rap lyrics, Madison Avenue advertising, memorable writing must jump off the page. Discover how to: *distinguish between words that are “pearls” and words that are “potatoes” * Avoid “couch potato thinking” and “commitment phobia” when choosing verbs * Use literary devices such as onomatopoeia, professionals, and metaphor and understand what you're doing Everyone needs to know how to write stylish prose—students, alliteration, and seasoned writers alike.
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