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Write Tight: How to Keep Your Prose Sharp, Focused and Concise

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  75 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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 September 1st 2002 by Intercollegiate Studies Institute (first published 1993)
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Cher Han (Andy) Lau
Sep 22, 2013 Cher Han (Andy) Lau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who is keen on writing
Shelves: academic
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.
Michael Y. Patuwo
Jun 12, 2012 Michael Y. Patuwo rated it really liked it
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.
Brandon
Feb 21, 2009 Brandon rated it really liked it
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.
V. Gingerich
Nov 07, 2011 V. Gingerich rated it really liked it
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.
Paul Anton
Jul 16, 2013 Paul Anton rated it it was amazing
I read it once, then began to shorten a manuscript.
I read it a second time, and learned how to cut even more.
Every time I write my own words, or edit another writer's work, I think back on the lessons I learned in Write Tight.
Brenda
Sep 25, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it
Five stars isn't enough...
Jen
Jan 16, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
Truly made me a much better writer - worth every penny and then some.
Dionna Day
Dec 09, 2010 Dionna Day rated it it was amazing
Essential reading for writers! It made me a better writer and can do the same for you.
Rebecca
Jan 26, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it
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Good advice but a little wordy for a book on writing concisely!
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