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Write Tight: How to Keep Your Prose Sharp, Focused and Concise
Writing well is, or at least should be, the goal of every writer and aspiring author. William Brohaugh, in this classic writing reference, shows how to do just that -- achieve a high standard of writing. In Write Tight, Brohaugh teaches how to not only say exactly what you want with grace and power, using the right word, but also how to use the right number of words. Conce ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published December 28th 2002 by Intercollegiate Studies Institute
(first published 1993)
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Oct 18, 2013 Cher Han (Andy) Lau rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who is keen on writing
I pick up this book as a writing performance enhancer for my thesis. It teaches ways to make our writing tighter, along with many useful examples in a humorous tone. The book is slightly more towards fictional writing, but all the tips are applicable to academic writing. Check out the bibliography and the author's confession sections to find a lot more useful information.
I think about this book a lot. When I was a newspaper columnist I would write what I wanted to say, then use the tricks from this book to winnow it down to the required length without losing any of the meaning I wanted to convey. I did the same thing with my graduate school application essays. In one instance I turned a 500 word essay into 300 words while still saying the same thing.
Great advice for writers! I find myself agreeing with what Mr. Brohaugh says nearly all the time, and while he may not be the wittiest writer around, he captures my interest and fascination and holds it there. There is an unsettling lack of prose examples to substantiate his points, but otherwise, a great self-help book.
I didn't particularly think this author took his own advice to "write tight" but I did learn a lot from this book, especially the lists of trouble words in the back of the book. Definitely recommend this for writers who tend to ramble, like I do.