Write Tight

Say Exactly What You Mean with Precision and Power

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Author: William Brohaugh

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1402250576

Category: Reference

Page: 240

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"These days, most creative-writing courses teach self-indulgence. Write Tight counsels discipline. It is worth more than a university education. Its advice is gold." -Dean Koontz Foreword by Lawrence Block Not since The Elements of Style has a writing guide had the ability to turn a writer's work around so effectively. Every writer struggles with keeping their prose focused and concise, but surprisingly few books address this essential topic. Write Tight is an informative and utterly readable guide that tackles these issues head-on. William Brohaugh, former editor of Writer's Digest, goes beyond the discussion on redundancy and overwriting to take on evasiveness, affectations, roundabout writing, tangents and "invisible" words. Other topics include: -Outlining the four levels of wordiness -Identifying 16 types of flabby writing -Exercises that help writers avoid wordiness -Streamlining through sidebars and checklists -Tests that show how concise a writer's prose is "Write Tight is a supremely valuable, 'must-have' for aspiring writers in all fields from prose to nonfiction, journalistic copy, screenwriting and so much more." -Midwest Book Review

More Great Ideas A Day

365 more business ideas for each day of the year

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd

ISBN: 9814484660

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 624

View: 6049

Are you looking for a great idea or some inspiration to make your business more effective and cutting edge? Do you need to motivate and inspire your employees, shareholders or customers? Do you need to turbocharge your career? Do you want to do things differently? By starting each day with a new idea, you can meet the challenges of modern-day business and work with energy and creativity. This bumper book contains 365 more great business ideas, one for each day of the year, extracted from the world’s best companies and managers. From marketing to PR, presentations to time management, starting up new businesses to reducing costs, sales to writing great copy, each idea is succinctly described and is followed by advice on how it can be applied to the reader’s own business situation. More Great Ideas a Day… is the companion guide to the best-selling An Idea a Day and offers even more ideas in a simple but potenitally powerful book for anyone seeking new inspiration and that killer application in their business and work life.

100 Great Presentation Ideas

From successful managers and companies around the world

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Author: Patrick Forsyth

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd

ISBN: 9814312738

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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Every manager has to make presentations of various kinds. No matter what the presentation is, however, most of us prefer not to do them at all. Presentations represent the second greatest fear to managers (after going to the dentist!). This book contains 100 great ideas to make your presentations go smoothly and successfully. Researched from leading companies and successful managers around the world, each idea is described in a succinct way. You are then shown how to apply that idea to your own presentation situation. A simple formula which has the potential to reap great rewards.

Writing for Business

Expert Solutions to Everyday Challenges

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 1422163776

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 83

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Effective business writing rests on a foundation of basic principles. Master them, and you'll know how to handle the many different writing tasks that come your way. This book contains relevant information on how to: 1) Organize your document according to your readers' needs. 2) Employ a variety of strategies for jump-starting your writing assignments. 3) Apply editing and design principles to heighten the impact of your message. The Pocket Mentor series offers immediate solutions to the challenges managers face on the job every day. Each book in the series is packed with handy tools, self-tests, and real life examples to help you identify strengths and weaknesses and hone critical skills. Whether you're at your desk, in a meeting, or on the road, these portable guides enable you to tackle the daily demands of your work with greater speed, savvy, and effectiveness.

The PowerPoint Detox

Reinvent Your Slides and Add Power to Your Presentation

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Author: Patrick Forsyth

Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers

ISBN: 0749456159

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 144

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We all know the feeling of attending a lack-lustre, dreary and formulaic presentation where dense lumps of text are read verbatim from the screen. It is beyond tedious, and it is unsurprising that the phrase "death by PowerPoint" has entered the language. But it need not be that way. With a little time and effort you can add power to your presentations and do so simply. The PowerPoint Detox is a straightforward, practical guide that will help you to prepare and use slides that will fit with your message and support it; add power to your presenting style; enhance your presentation with a visual element in a way that makes explanation easier and clearer; be more likely to be understood, make your message memorable and assist retention. It is designed to appeal to anyone who needs to use PowerPoint: new presenters and those with some experience, those who have had some training or read a book or two and those who have not. With sample slides and plenty of examples reproduced in PowerPoint style, The PowerPoint Detox is a clear how-to book that will help you to add explanatory power, style and professionalism to your presentations.

Coders at Work

Reflections on the Craft of Programming

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Author: Peter Seibel

Publisher: Apress

ISBN: 1430219491

Category: Computers

Page: 632

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Peter Seibel interviews 15 of the most interesting computer programmers alive today in Coders at Work, offering a companion volume to Apress’s highly acclaimed best-seller Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston. As the words “at work” suggest, Peter Seibel focuses on how his interviewees tackle the day-to-day work of programming, while revealing much more, like how they became great programmers, how they recognize programming talent in others, and what kinds of problems they find most interesting. Hundreds of people have suggested names of programmers to interview on the Coders at Work web site: www.codersatwork.com. The complete list was 284 names. Having digested everyone’s feedback, we selected 15 folks who’ve been kind enough to agree to be interviewed: Frances Allen: Pioneer in optimizing compilers, first woman to win the Turing Award (2006) and first female IBM fellow Joe Armstrong: Inventor of Erlang Joshua Bloch: Author of the Java collections framework, now at Google Bernie Cosell: One of the main software guys behind the original ARPANET IMPs and a master debugger Douglas Crockford: JSON founder, JavaScript architect at Yahoo! L. Peter Deutsch: Author of Ghostscript, implementer of Smalltalk-80 at Xerox PARC and Lisp 1.5 on PDP-1 Brendan Eich: Inventor of JavaScript, CTO of the Mozilla Corporation Brad Fitzpatrick: Writer of LiveJournal, OpenID, memcached, and Perlbal Dan Ingalls: Smalltalk implementor and designer Simon Peyton Jones: Coinventor of Haskell and lead designer of Glasgow Haskell Compiler Donald Knuth: Author of The Art of Computer Programming and creator of TeX Peter Norvig: Director of Research at Google and author of the standard text on AI Guy Steele: Coinventor of Scheme and part of the Common Lisp Gang of Five, currently working on Fortress Ken Thompson: Inventor of UNIX Jamie Zawinski: Author of XEmacs and early Netscape/Mozilla hacker

Cut It Out

10 Simple Steps for Tight Writing and Better Sentences

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Author: Laura Swart

Publisher: Brush Education

ISBN: 1550597582

Category: Reference

Page: 80

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If your writing needs a pick-me-up, here’s a triple espresso. You don’t have to be a grammar whiz to improve your writing. This quick guide delivers maximum results with minimum pain. If you’re a student, Cut it Out will help you write better essays and earn higher grades. If you’re a professional, Cut it Out will make you a stronger communicator in every facet of your written work. Using uniquely Canadian vignettes, professional writing coach Laura Swart teaches you how to avoid the 10 most common writing errors, trim excess words from your sentences, and eliminate telltale signs of weak writing. Say goodbye to meandering prose, and say hello to powerful sentences and paragraphs.

Summer Storm and Other Stories

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Author: Glenda Baker

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 146532545X

Category: Fiction

Page: 186

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During the fi fteen years Glenda Baker was the publisher and editor-in-chief of NEWN, she read and critiqued hundreds of short stories. She also wrote many of her own. This volume contains twenty-two of Glendas storiesfrom short (21,000 words) to short-short (about 1,000 words) to flash fiction (52 words total) in which Glenda addresses subjects such as: After doing a favor for his boss, how does a man end up in an maze he cant find his way out of? What would happen if a contemporary kid created a golem? What secrets do three generations of women learn about each other while on a weekend trip to Cape Cod? How far will a passive-aggressive woman go if pushed to the limit?

In the Criminal's Cabinet

An Nthology of Poetry and Fiction

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Author: Val Stevenson,Todd Swift

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780954626815

Category: English fiction

Page: 230

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How to Write a Thesis

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Author: Rowena Murray

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335244297

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 325

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Educating Pizzy

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Author: Z. J. Galos

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

ISBN: 1434961400

Category: Fiction

Page: 152

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100 People Who Changed 20th-Century America [2 volumes]

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Author: Mary Cross

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610690869

Category: History

Page: 624

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To what extent does a person's own success result in social transformation? This book offers 100 answers, providing thought-provoking examples of how American culture was shaped within a crucial time period by individuals whose lives and ideas were major agents of change.

Ira Fistell’S Mark Twain:

Three Encounters

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Author: Ira Fistell

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469178729

Category: Fiction

Page: 451

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Ira Fistells Mark Twain: Three Encounters begins with a perceptive analysis of the authors major novels which will be a revelation to any reader of Twain. Ira proves that Tom Sawyer is anything but a kids book; explains why the ending of Huckleberry Finn, often dismissed as just cheating, is actually the most brilliant part of the book; makes sense of the confusing and difficult Connecticut Yankee; and discovers the tragedy in The Tragedy of Puddnhead Wilson. Then this book explores how the places Twain live affected what he wrote, and concludes with a stunning explanation of the authors terrible guilt in his later years. No other study of Twain and his work compares with this one: it is the essential book on this subject.

How to Write... Right!

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Author: Patrick Grayson

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0987499793

Category: Self-Help

Page: 272

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A bright, tight writer’s guide; that is what Phillipa Glendinning wrote in the Grahamstown Festival paper ‘Wordstock’ about How to Write – Right! She also says : this comprehensive guide is set out in a simple and easy to use ... How to Write – Right! Is effective in teaching discipline and provides some eye opening points on being an author and publishing ... What this book covers: How to write Do you regard yourself as a writer The spirituality of writing Creative writing Creativity of your right Editing checklist Writing and technology Report writing Writing your book Self-publishing versus traditional publishing How to market your work Writing for publications Other writing tips Synopsis: The book is created from the author’s experience as a writer, a teacher of writing and from the point of view of a publisher. The main ethos of the book is to encourage all who read the book to write. It is motivational and supportive. It contains many practical exercises, writing drills and examples. It also addresses the common mistakes that consistently appear in the manuscripts that are received by Graysonian Press. How to Write - Right! will not only help potential authors, it is for everyone who writes messages, emails, letters – that is, just about everyone!

My Line Story

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Author: Robert David Kostoff

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595356370

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 204

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The Oxford Anthology of Roman Literature

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Author: Peter E. Knox,J. C. McKeown

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199910723

Category: History

Page: 656

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Though the wonders of ancient Roman culture continue to attract interest across the disciplines, it is difficult to find a lively, accessible collection of the full range of the era's literature in English. The Oxford Anthology of Roman Literature provides a general introduction to the literature of the Roman empire at its zenith, between the second century BC and the second century AD. Two features of this extraordinarily fertile period in literary achievement as evidenced by this anthology are immediately and repeatedly clear: how similar the Romans' view of the world was to our own and, perhaps even more obviously, how different it was. Most of the authors included in the anthology wrote in Latin, but as the anthology moves forward in time, relevant Greek texts that reflect the cultural diversity of Roman literary life are also included, something no other such anthology has done in the past. Roman literature was wonderfully creative and diverse, and the texts in this volume were chosen from a broad range of genres: drama, epic, philosophy, satire, lyric poetry, love poetry. By its very nature an anthology can abbreviate and thus obscure the most attractive features of even a masterpiece, so the two editors have not only selected texts that capture the essence of the respective authors, but also have included accompanying introductions and afterwords that will guide the reader in pursuing further reading. The presentations of the selections are enlivened with illustrations that locate the works within the contexts of the world in which they were written and enjoyed. The student and general reader will come away from this learned yet entertaining anthology with a fuller appreciation of the place occupied by literature in the Roman world.

The Responsibility Revolution

How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win

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Author: Jeffrey Hollender,Bill Breen

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470590393

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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How to create a company that not only sustains, but surpasses-that moves beyond the imperative to be "less bad" and embrace an ethos to be "all good" From the Inspired Protagonist and Chairman of Seventh Generation, the country's leading brand of household products and a pioneering "good company," comes a one-of-a-kind book for leaders, entrepreneurs, and change agents everywhere. The Responsibility Revolution reveals the smartest ways for companies to build a better future-and hold themselves accountable for the results. Thousands of companies have pledged to act responsibly; very few have proven that they know how. This book will guide them. The Responsibility Revolution presents fresh ideas and actionable strategies to commit your company to a genuine socially and environmentally responsible business and culture, one that not only competes but wins on values. Points the way for innovators and influencers to generate trust by becoming transparent, elicit people's passion and creativity, turn customers into collaborators, transform critics into allies, rewrite the rules and reinvent business Shows how to build a socially and environmentally responsible yet genuinely good company and an authentic brand Drawing on groundbreaking interviews with real-world change leaders, Hollender and Breen present lessons and insights from the "good company"' parts of big companies like IBM and eBay, trailblazers like Patagonia and Timberland, and emerging dynamos like Linden Lab and Etsy The Responsibility Revolution equips people with the tactics, models, and mind-sets they need to compete in a world where consumers now demand that companies contribute to the greater good.

Write Choices

Elements of Nonfiction Storytelling

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Author: Sue Hertz

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 1483322629

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Developing nonfiction writers at any stage of their career Write Choices: Elements of Nonfiction Storytelling helps writers cultivate their nonfiction storytelling skills by exploring the universal decisions writers confront when crafting any kind of factual narrative. Rather than isolating various forms of narrative nonfiction into categories or genres, Sue Hertz focuses on examining the common choices all true storytellers encounter, whether they are writing memoir, literary journalism, personal essays, or travel essays. And since today’s writers are no longer confined to paper, Write Choices also includes digital storytelling options, and how writers can employ technology to enhance their narratives. Integrating not only her own insights and experience as a journalist, nonfiction book author, and writing instructor, but also those of other established nonfiction storytellers, both print and digital, Hertz aims to guide writers through key decisions to tell the best story possible. Blending how-to instruction with illuminating examples and commentaries drawn from original interviews with master storytellers, Write Choices is a valuable resource for all nonfiction writers, from essayists to memoirists to literary journalists, at any stage of their career.

Wrede on Writing

Tips, Hints, and Opinions on Writing

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Author: Patricia Wrede

Publisher: Diversion Books

ISBN: 1626812217

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 190

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How do I turn an idea into a novel? How do I build a character? How do I decide how to tell a story? Patricia C. Wrede has been a stalwart of the sci-fi/fantasy world for decades, publishing dozens of books across multiple series, storming bestseller lists and corralling accolades from critics and fans alike. Now, with brilliant insight and a sparkling wit, Wrede shows beginning writers the ropes in WREDE ON WRITING. How do I find the time to write? How do I decide when a book is finished? How do I get my book published? Wrede tackles all issues for writers, from the basic how-to’s to the more advanced topics on character development and worldbuilding. In her conversational tone, she gives writers the tips and tricks her experience has brought. After WREDE ON WRITING, authors will have the knowledge to put their tools to better use. Thinking of starting a book? Trying to finish one? WREDE ON WRITING will guide you towards that superior draft to send to agents, to publishers, and to readers. How do I calculate royalties? How do I plan my finances as an author? How do I write as a career? Before she became a successful full-time writer, Patricia C. Wrede worked in finance, and she also provides for authors an extensive look at how to manage the money—from royalties to determining the financial potential of your next project, Wrede provides authors with deep insight into the business of writing. A brilliant guide from a literary stalwart, WREDE ON WRITING is the book everyone with a novel under their beds or inside their heads should read.