How to Not Write Bad : The Most Common Writing Problems, and the Best Ways to Avoid Them

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/5/2013
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade

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How to Not Write Baduses this basic tenet - what Ben Yagoda calls "not-writing-badly" - to illustrate how we can all write better, clearer, and for a wider readership. Yagoda offers advice on crafting sentences that are correct in terms of spelling, diction, punctuation, and grammar and that display clarity, precision, and grace. He then moves on to the art of constructing whole paragraphs-focusing on cadence, consistency of tone, word repetition, sentence transitions, and length. In a fun, comprehensive guide, Yagoda lays out the simple steps that we all can take to make our writing more effective, more interesting-and just plain better. As "lolspeak" and texts take over our linguistic consciousness, Yagoda emphasizes the lost art of grammar and the well-constructed sentence. He provides clear grammatical rules to help students and writers everywhere write better; this is a book for anyone who wants to improve his or her writing.

Author Biography

Ben Yagoda is a journalism professor at the University of Delaware. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of ten books, including Memoir: A History, Will Rogers: A Biography, and When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It, and has written for Slate, The New York Times Magazine, and publications that start with every letter of the alphabet except J, K, Q, X, and Z. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife.

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