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Make Your Words Work

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  72 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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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Ruric Amhari
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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!
k_b
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Lisa M
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Sylver
Jul 29, 2015 added it
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Great conversationalist style book on writing, full of wonderful exercises. Most of what he says I've read before in other books on writing, but I learned a few things I had never considered before. I'll come back to it for the writing exercises.
Joanne
Jul 11, 2012 is currently reading it
Early days - hope to improve my writing skills - should be able to read the results if the books any good :)
CR
Oct 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Good for the Intermediate Writer.
Asungushe B.
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
very good book. plenty of good tricks. very readable too.
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