Gary Provost



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100 Ways to Improve Your Wr...

4.01 avg rating — 674 ratings — published 1985 — 13 editions
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Without Mercy: Obsession An...

4.04 avg rating — 580 ratings — published 1990 — 5 editions
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Perfect Husband: The True S...

3.97 avg rating — 504 ratings — published 1991 — 4 editions
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Fatal Dosage

4.31 avg rating — 194 ratings — published 1985 — 3 editions
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Make Your Words Work

4.38 avg rating — 91 ratings — published 1990 — 3 editions
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Make Every Word Count

4.46 avg rating — 76 ratings — published 1980 — 4 editions
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Across the Border: True Sto...

3.34 avg rating — 65 ratings — published 1989 — 3 editions
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Into Their Own Hands

3.92 avg rating — 38 ratings — published 1994 — 3 editions
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Beyond Style: Mastering the...

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How to Write and Sell True ...

4.06 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 1991 — 4 editions
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“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.”
Gary Provost

“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It's like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with the energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals - sounds that say listen to this, it is important.”
Gary Provost, 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing: Proven Professional Techniques for Writing With Style and Power

“Hear how the use of the wrong word wakes you from your reading spell.”
Gary Provost, 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing: Proven Professional Techniques for Writing With Style and Power

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