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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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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
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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