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Edit Yourself: A Manual for Everyone Who Works with Words
In the first part of this useful book, the author shows how to solve common problems of writing. The reader will learn how to recognize common problems of writing. The reader will learn how to recognize words and phrases that should be cut; how to shorten cumbersome sentences; how to arrange the elements of pairs, series, and compound subjects and predicates; how to recogn ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 17th 1996 by W. W. Norton Company
(first published November 4th 1985)
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I love this book -- it's the quickest reference on editing that I own. Phrases/words often used in writing are listed in an alphabetical format with suggestions on changes, comparisons, and deletions. A great tool for making editing decisions on what to avoid in writing and how to improve sentences.
I would consider this to be an essential reference for anyone into writing as a career or sideline. Unfortunately, it doesn't really lend itself to a thorough reading. The first part of the book is instructional, and provides rules and suggestions for crafting concise sentences (mostly, by way of trimming down existing, excessive sentences). I was pleasantly surprised to note that I follow pretty much all the rules. The exceptions have to do with parallel constructions, and I tend to violate tho ...more
The great thing about libraries is you get to read books that you don't own. Another benefit? You get to evaluate books you might want to own if you like them. One example of the latter is "Edit Yourself: A Manual for Everyone Who Works with Words" by Bruce Ross-Larson.
"Edit Yourself" is a good reference for those who would like to peer into the mind of a copy editor. Unfortunately, to my knowledge, since the latest edition of this book is from 1996, there are now several apps that do mo ...more
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