Do I make myself clear? : why writing well matters / Harold Evans.Material type: BookPublisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.Copyright date: 2017Edition: First edition.Description: vi, 408 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781408709665; 140870966X; 9780316277174; 0316277177.Subject(s): ENGLISH LANGUAGE | GRAMMAR | USAGE | STYLE MANUALS | CREATIVE WRITING | EDITING | PROOF READING | PUNCTUATION | RHETORIC | WRITINGHoldings: GRETA POINT: 808.1 EVA
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 391-404).
I. Tools of the trade -- A noble thing -- Use and abuse of writing formulas -- The sentence clinic -- Ten shortcuts to making yourself clear -- Please don't feed the zombies, flesh-eaters, and pleonasms -- Interlude: Give the Bard a break -- II. Finishing the job -- Every word counts -- Care for meanings -- Storytelling: the long and short of it -- III. Consequences -- Steps were taken: explaining the underwear bomber -- Money and words -- Buried treasure: it's yours, but words get in the way -- Home runs for writers.
Harry Evans has edited everything from the urgent files of battlefield reporters to the complex thought processes of Henry Kissinger. He's even been knighted for his services to journalism. In DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR?, he brings his indispensable insight to us all in his definite guide to writing well. The right words are oxygen to our ideas, but the digital era, with all of its TTYL, LMK, and WTF, has been cutting off that oxygen flow. The compulsion to be precise has vanished from our culture, and in writing of every kind we see a trend towards more--more speed and more information but far less clarity. Evans provides practical examples of how editing and rewriting can make for better communication, even in the digital age. DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR? is an essential text, and one that will provide every writer an editor at his shoulder.
GRETA POINT: 808.1 EVA