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Make Every Word Count

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You will be a better writer once you read this book. Gary Provost has a light-hearted style, but his message is clear and strong: Make Every Word Count.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 16th 1983 by Writer's Digest Books,U.S. (first published October 1st 1980)
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Ravi
Apr 24, 2017 Ravi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Gary Provost offers simple and beautiful tips to come up with writing that works well-whether you write fiction or nonfiction, articles or books, technical or otherwise. He uses easy to understand examples and scenarios to deliver his message. True to the title, he makes every word count.

I have gained some useful insights to be able to write better-whether at work or elsewhere. A very good read.
Kourtney
Aug 27, 2014 Kourtney rated it it was amazing
I'm a fan of Gary Provost. I love his conversational writing style. He says things in a way that makes them easy to grasp and apply to your own writing. This book was written in the 1980s but all of it still applies to writing today. The title alone is a lesson--Make Every Word Count. And he goes on to teach you exactly how to do that. His explanation of writing that works made me rethink my approach to writing. he has a section called "If The Writer is Seen at Work, The Writing Won't Work" that ...more
S.L. Saboviec
This is one of those books I think every writer should read. If you're beginning your writing journey, it is overflowing with advice that you will spend months and months and revision after revision perfecting--but in a completely good way. And if you're somewhere further along, you've probably picked up most of these great tidbits (although maybe not all of them!) and it's a fabulous reminder of how to make your prose sing. Gary's advice is concrete, and he even gives practice examples to help ...more
Zora
May 10, 2012 Zora rated it it was amazing
Along with his book Beyond Style, there is no better introduction to crucial elements of writing good fiction and creative nonfiction (this would apply to nature writing, memoir, many sorts of journalism). In short chapters he explains, clearly and with humor, why you should pick active voice over passive, select strong verbs, pay attention to concrete images, eschew overblown language, and more.

If a budding fiction writer were to only read one book on how to write, this should be it.
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“If you write well and honestly, with character rising from background and action springing from character, and if you remain true to your vision of life, then theme will emerge in the reading process. And if you write what you believe, and only what you believe, the theme will inevitably be consistent.” 1 likes
“When you are describing things and places the reader has seen, keep description short by reminding him of the pictures he has on file. When you are describing things and places the reader has not seen, keep description short by using pieces of the pictures he has on file to create new pictures.” 0 likes
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