When Good People Write Bad Sentences

12 Steps to Better Writing Habits

Robert W. Harris

St. Martin's Griffin

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At last, help for writers who can admit they have a problem.

Do you get a lift by dangling a participle? Has your punctuation ever caused difficulties at home or at work? Do you consider yourself just a "social misspeller?"

These are just a few of the warning signs that you might have an addiction to bad writing. But fear not. This practical guide to eliminating bad writing habits will put you on the path to recovery. Filled with accessible advice and examples, this "powerful 12-step program" identifies the most common writing mistakes and offers simple ways to correct them. Here, you can learn to overcome wordiness, formality, incompleteness, and other problems that stand in the way of clear communication. And as you learn to eliminate ineffective sentences, you'll be "writing off" jargon, mixed metaphors, clichés, and more.

The advice in this ingenious and useful book has helped Tom G., Martha D., and Cathy W.* write more clearly, confidently, and persuasively. It can do the same for you - whether you write for school, work, or pleasure. If you've tried other programs, only to fall back on bad habits, let Standard English be your guide. This book will show you how.

Get ready to improve your writing skills - one sentence at a time.

*their real names

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Robert W. Harris

Robert W. Harris has worked as a technical and business writer for the past 20 years. He is the author of ten books, including Fun with Phone Solicitors and Understanding Desktop Publishing.

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When Good People Write Bad Sentences
12 Steps to Better Writing Habits
Robert W. Harris

Trade Paperback

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
June 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312328047
ISBN10: 0312328044
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages
$17.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
August 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466852327
ISBN10: 1466852321
224 pages
$7.99
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