Editor-Proof Your Writing: 21 Steps to the Clear Prose by Don McNair

By Don McNair

Veteran editor Don McNair lays out an easy-to-follow and systematic technique for clearing up foggy writing--writing that's choked with additional, misused, and overused words--in this consultant to generating glowing replica that draws readers, brokers, editors, and revenues. McNair explains the typical blunders made by way of such a lot writers and indicates how doing away with pointless phrases strengthens motion, shorten sentences, and makes writing crackle with lifestyles. Containing 21 basic, elementary rules, Editor-Proof Your Writing teaches how one can edit vulnerable verb types, strip away writer intrusions, ban redundancies, do away with foggy words, right passive-voice sentences, lessen misused and overused phrases, and attach different writing blunders. a great addition to any writer's toolkit, this publication won't in basic terms make writing clearer and extra grammatical, it's going to additionally make it extra concise, interesting, and beautiful to publishers.

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She ran to her car and sped off, anxious to get home and draw the new plans to scale. But that wasn’t her biggest problem. No, she’d have to convince this handsome penny-pincher to cough up some big bucks, so she could do the house justice. Suddenly, her elation deflated. That was possibly a job even the gods couldn’t handle. 41 Editor-Proof Your Writing Again, we end the scene by dropping that big first shoe. The reader suspects these two people will be at each other throughout the book, and they will.

I could just see that salmon sky, perhaps with little silhouetted clouds lined up just so along the horizon. I’m sure I was puffed up when I gave the story to my critique partner to review. She read it over and looked up at me. ” she said. “This old man is from Virginia, and he’s never even seen a salmon. ” I reread the passage and realized she was right. I changed that first sentence to read something like this: That sun looked like a big old egg in a black-iron skillet, running down the mountainsides.

Heart-rending, tear-jerking things. But we weren’t shown them. We were only told about them—two years later. At my suggestion, Barbara rewrote that chapter, putting those past events into real time. The result was a snappy start that’s so full of action the reader can’t help but want to read more. Editor-Proof Your Writing Your own novel will be much more interesting if you show, instead of tell. In fact, editors who do read past your manuscript’s first paragraph stop reading when they’re told too much and don’t see enough action.

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