The writer's diet : a guide to fit prose /Series: Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishingPublisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2016Copyright date: ©2007Description: vi, 77 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cmISBN:
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"First published by Auckland University Press, 2007"--Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Verbal verve -- Noun density -- Prepositional podge -- Ad-dictions -- Waste words -- Afterword : healthy writing.
This book offers an easy-to-follow set of writing principles. For example, use active verbs whenever possible, favour concrete language over vague abstractions, avoid long strings of prepositional phrases, employ adjectives and adverbs only when they contribute something new to the meaning of a sentence and reduce your dependence on the "waste words": 'it', 'this', 'that' and 'there'. The author also shows these rules in action through examples from famous authors such as Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson. The book includes a test to help you assess your own writing and get advice on problem areas.