Getting the Words Right: 39 Ways to Improve Your Writing

Getting the Words Right: 39 Ways to Improve Your Writing

Getting the Words Right: 39 Ways to Improve Your Writing

Getting the Words Right: 39 Ways to Improve Your Writing

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The Secret to Good Writing

When asked by the "Paris Review" what compelled him to rewrite the ending of "A Farewell to Arms" 39 times, Ernest Hemingway replied, Getting the words right." His answer echoes what every successful writer knows: The secret to all good writing is revision.

For more than twenty years, "Getting the Words Right" has helped writers from all professions rewrite, revise, and refine their writing. In this new edition, author Theodore Cheney offers 39 targeted ways you can improve your writing, including how to: create smooth transitions between paragraphscorrect the invisible faults of inconsistency, incoherence, and imbalanceovercome problems of shifting point of view and styleexpress your ideas clearly by trimming away weak or extra words Youll strengthen existing pieces and every future work by applying the three simple principles--reduce, rearrange, and reword. Once the secrets of revision are yours, youll be able to follow Hemingways lead--and get the words right "

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