Pay attention to structure, style, and music: 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing
Who is this for?
Writers of all kinds, whether they create novels, emails, or cereal boxes.
Is it awesome?
It aged like an excellent wine.
How lengthy is it?
The writing is smooth and precise and makes for a short yet super dense essay.
The title of this book is exactly what this book is about. Which is rare, and proof that it will teach you what it promised.
100 Ways to Improve Your Writing will actually teach you 99 ways to improve your craft, as one point focuses on the art of preparing the perfect typewriter copy. Other than this, everything Gary Provost recommends is applicable today and has an immediate impact on one's methods and approach to writing.
Provost's book is a neat little bundle of smaller bundles. How to improve your writing when you're writing and when you're not, how to create a likable persona as a writer and develop style, how to build your text's foundations using active verbs, transitions and punctuation, and much, much more.
It will teach you to go into detail and to eliminate the unnecessary, to research and to steal, to listen and to eavesdrop. If I were bold enough, I'd say that it teaches how to write.
If you are already a pretty good writer, 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing will be a nice complementary dish to your usual, day-to-day regime. If day-to-day regime sounds foreign to you or if you are just starting to get your head around writing, which I was when I first picked up this book, it will become a remarkable companion. It won't magically make your writing better. You'll have to work for it. It's a bit like picking up a sword with a 60% crit rate instead of that starter stick you cut from fallen branches: your chances to become a fencing master are way higher, but if you can't swing it, you can't use it.
And Provost is giving you one mighty fine sword, so you better start swinging it.
10 lessons I learned from this book: - stick to the rules and tone you set
- know who you are writing for and why
- you best vocabulary is already in your head
- use active and strong verbs and precise and familiar nouns
- writing is a sport: stretch often and write warm-up exercises
- everything around you is material for inspiration and research
- research, facts and lists are good starters for nonfiction writing
- ignorance is fine, laziness is not: challenge yourself into knowing things
- show your opinion: your readers don't need to agree, they need to react
- when you read and when you write, pay attention to structure, style, and music
Thank you for reading and have a great day.