Words at Work: Business Writing in Half the Time with Twice the Power

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STEP 4
Editing for Word Use

Object:To locate and repair word-use problems in moments while improving your writing style.

Creating strong word use is merely a matter of amending bad writing habits. This task is not as simple, or as difficult, as you may think.

Fortunately: You probably have fewer than five bad habits that infiltrate your style.

Unfortunately: They wander recklessly through every line you write, turning an otherwise strong message into mush.

Fortunately: Correcting these problems each time you rewrite will ultimately help you overcome them.

Unfortunately: You should focus on only one or two bad habits until you overcome them. Then tackle one or two more. This means that during the transition period, your documents will be better, but less than ideal.

Fortunately: If you write at least three times a week, you should overcome each problem in less than a month.

Unfortunately: You must first identify your bad habits, which can be as difficult as correcting them.

Fortunately: This chapter introduces a rewriting process that lets you quickly locate and correct your writing problems as you improve your skill.

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Table of contents

  • Praise for Words at Work i
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • The Must-Read Introduction 1
  • Step 1 - Listing 7
  • Step 2 - Writing 43
  • Step 3 - Rewriting for Structure 71
  • Step 4 - Editing for Word Use 103
  • Step 5 - Showing 147
  • Step 6 - Proofreading 166
  • Models 211
  • The Last Word 233
  • Index 235
  • About Words at Work *
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