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Make Your Words Work
by Gary Provost
Gary Provost practices what he preaches in Make Your Words Work. He helps you learn to write well by, among other things, writing well himself. His warm, witty, entertaining instruction teams with solid examples as well as exercises. Get the good word now. This is the writing course to help you make your work more powerful, more readable, more salable.
Paperback, 308 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Backinprint.com
(first published 1990)
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Practical book filled with klots of exercises to help hone style, phrasing, pacing and make your writing sing. The book consists of thirteen chapters beginning with style, grammar and pacing, moving on to characterisation and viewpoint and ending with credibility, originality, form and rewriting. Main chapters intersperesed with "coffee breaks" short pages which are even more packed with tips!
Engaging and informative. I'm not planning to publish a book anytime soon, but it's fascinating to learn about what does work and what doesn't, even if some of the tips are bit obvious. It's also a bit dated, because the author refers to his typewriter sometimes.
One of the best books I've ever read on composing clear, active, tight, precise writing. Topics covered range from description to characterization to tension to rewriting and everything in between. Highly recommended.