Polishing your Prose

Polishing your Prose

How to Turn First Drafts Into Finished Work

Book - 2013
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This singular book illustrates how to edit a piece of prose and enhance its clarity of thought and felicity of style. The authors first present ten principles of effective composition, and then scrutinize three extended paragraphs, suggesting with remarkable specificity how to improve them. The volume also offers challenging practice questions, as well as two finished essays, one serious and one humorous, that demonstrate how attention to sound mechanics need not result in mechanical writing. Steven M. Cahn and Victor L. Cahn help readers deploy a host of corrective strategies, such as avoiding jargon, bombast, and redundancy; varying sentence structure; paring the use of adjectives and adverbs; properly deploying phrases and clauses; and refining an argument. Here is a book for all who seek to increase their facility in written communication.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780231160889
Branch Call Number: 808.042 C1198P 2013
Characteristics: xi, 85 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Cahn, Victor L.


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Jul 20, 2014

Very basic advice that every writer should already know. Nothing new or enlightening.


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