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Summary The Writers Diet

Is your writing flabby or fit If your sentences are weighed down with passives and prepositions be verbs and waste words The Writer’s Diet is for you This book will help you energise your writing and strip unnecessary padding from your prose The Writer’s Diet offers a short sharp introduction to great writing Through the online test at wwwwritersdietcom and the analysis and examples in this book Helen Sword teaches writers of all kinds – students to teachers lawyers to librarians – how to transform flabby sentences into active energetic prose The book and the website enable writers to diagnose their writing for f. Oh no I thought this short book would be terrific This book is wasting a great metaphor Fit writing is a great phrase with metaphors of exercise dieting and training all finding a placeBut this is too basic and chaotic in its argument Page upon page I pondered the point of the proseA fine writer who drained the power of a great idea

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The Writers Diet

Lab – passives and prepositions weak verbs and waste words – and energise their work by stripping away unnecessary padding The rules of good writing are deceptively simple but this book helps writers to see those principles at work through examples by stylish authors from Charles Dickens to John McPhee First published in 2007 The Writer’s Diet became a bestselling handbook and now returns refreshed alongside a new version of wwwwritersdietcom The book will highlight your bad habits and sharpen your style – for clearer crisper sentences filled with words that count Who says nutritious material must be bland This s. At 77 pages The Writer s Diet A Guide to Fit Prose is the size of an ambitious pamphlet Like its predecessor The Elements of Style it packs direct sage advice between its modest covers One of the best themes that returns throughout the book is that The Writer s Diet is not a plug and chug system it cannot evaluate the merits of an argument or diagnose the effectiveness of an author s style but can only point out where unnecessary words remain or where poor structural choices hamstring a sentence s ideas The virtue of The Writer s Diet is that it offers its readers a stark look at the ideas about writing that they take for granted

Helen Sword ë 4 review

Hort book is packed with excellent advice on writing offered with charm and good cheer –Steven Pinker Johnstone Professor of Psychology Harvard University and author of The Sense of Style The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century ‘Does my style look big in this’ The Writer’s Diet shows us how to measure our verbal shape honestly and unflinchingly in private see what we need to tone and train in simple steps that we can all enjoy Concise punchy engaging practical effective Helen Sword’s instant classic has become even fitter in this new edition – Professor Brian Boyd the University of Auckla. The book is well written and I m guess it can be useful for many to improve their writing style It was suggested to me when I was looking for help on improving my PhD thesis but the help I needed was not for stylistic but organizational and content improvement so I didn t find it as useful personally I do like that the book has many clear good and bad examples for the writing aspects it focuses on and it does nicely draw a parallel between writing and a diet Pleasant and useful read The book is not long but coupled with the online test and time spent on thoroughly going through the exercises it has a greater value


10 thoughts on “The Writers Diet

  1. says:

    To begin with let me point out how criminally expensive this book is I bought it from the publisher's website for 31 NZD and the book is the tiniest thing I have ever read Before you hate on me for my own stupid

  2. says:

    A succinct book with simple but essential tips on writing 5 sacred rules 1 Use active verbs whenever possible2 Favour concrete language over vague abstractions3 Avoid long strings of prepositional phrases4 Employ adjectives and adverbs only when they contribute something new to the meaning of a sentence5 Reduce your dependence on four pernicious 'waste words' it this that and there

  3. says:

    Oh no I thought this short book would be terrific This book is wasting a great metaphor Fit writing is a great phrase with metaphors of exerci

  4. says:

    At 77 pages The Writer's Diet A Guide to Fit Prose is the size of an ambitious pamphlet Like its predecessor The Elements of Style it packs direct sage advice between its modest covers One of the best themes that returns

  5. says:

    Short to the point Good bookThe core idea seems to be keep writing simple It can be simpler than you realize Stick to SVO structure as much as possible using lemmas where you can Spice up your writing with variety rather than complexity Create vivid mental animations via concrete nouns and specific active verbs Prepositions are garb

  6. says:

    The The writers diet is about choosing active verbs avoiding nomilzations adverbs and filler words Use preposition that convey motion and use them with care Keep the verb close the subject Great excersize Abstract to conc

  7. says:

    Good but fairly basic information that may be of less use to writers who are accomplished self editors Sword has a very useful online tool that will analyze a 100 1000 word snippet of prose for four excesses common among writers who do not have significant editing training and experience And even those with significant editing skills can have occasional lapses The tool can be found here Writer's Diet book expands on the reasons wh

  8. says:

    The book is well written and I'm guess it can be useful for many to improve their writing style It was suggested to me when I was looking for help on improving my PhD thesis but the help I needed was not for stylistic but organizational and content improvement so I didn't find it as useful personally I do like that the bo

  9. says:

    Nothing in this was particularly groundbreaking to me actually I'd never really thought about preposition choice before so I'll give Sword that one but it was really interesting getting it all in one concise book with only five brief chapters As someone who reads a lot of academic writings I found it nice to think that maybe one da

  10. says:

    I think this book has some truly helpful writing tips but is let down by the fatphobic framework The act of writing isn't