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Unlock the Power of the Most Important Writing Skill!

What is the most effective way to take your writing from good to great?
Say exactly what you want to say with precision and power. It sounds simple, but every writer struggles with this essential skill. Now, the tools you need to write concise, powerful prose are at your fingertips.

Write Tight is an utterly readable guide that tackles these issues head-on, with incredible tips and techniques to help you master your prose. 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.

You’ll discover:
--How to overcome the four levels of wordiness
--Identifying 16 types of flabby writing
--Exercises that help you avoid wordiness
--Using sidebars and checklists to streamline
--Tests that show how concise your prose is-and how to make it better!

Write Tight will give you the advantages you need to take your writing to the next level.

“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

About the Author

William Brohaugh is the former editor of Writer's Digest magazine and the former editorial director of Writer's Digest Books. He is the author of Unfortunate English and Professional Etiquette for Writers, and is the director of English through the Ages. He lives in Amelia, Ohio.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks; 1 edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402210515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402210518
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By OCMD VINE VOICE on September 12, 2009
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"Write Tight" - Say Exactly What You Mean with Precision and Power." William Brohaugh's book is an excellent choice for anyone who is interested in improving the quality of his or her writing. I bought it on the advice of a critique partner and it has become one of my most utilized references on writing.

"The Elements of Style" by William Strunk Jr advises: "Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise." Brohaugh's book tells you exactly how to do it. Concise writing does not mean use all short sentences. It does mean that you should make every word count. Be clear. If your readers can't figure out what you're saying they may decide it's not worth the effort to continue.

"Write Tight" addresses redundancy and overwriting. Readers are given instruction on how to create better sentences and trim the fat - all those unnecessary words. The tips are invaluable. Trash empty modifiers such as "very," "really," "usually," "generally," "basically" and "actually." Use a single word to convey a phrase. "The writer with ambition" becomes "The ambitious writer." Lose empty transitions such as "and," "however," "well," "so." Eliminate the "deadwould." Don't be pretentious. Overkill is wordy, irritating and boring. Avoid the cliché and standardized phrases. Advice, techniques, specific strategies, exercises and tests help you check your own writing. Make your writing more effective. "Write Tight" is a must have for writers of all genres.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Theresa H. Hernandez on May 23, 2014
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As a writer and editor, I found this book to be useful for every kind of writing I do. I initially read it to help me shave word count on my novel, but I found it to be infinitely useful for the work I do for my day job. There are so many common sense lessons in the book that I easily shaved 10 thousand words off my novel in one revision and I continue to find additional areas to make my writing tighter with each pass.

There are useful checklists, exercises and examples to really help retain the lessons learned. The only thing that kept me from giving this book a full five stars is that it's longer than it needs to be at 240 pages. I feel like it probably would have been fine at about half that.

Bottom Line
This is one of the top ten writing resources I'd recommend to all writers, not just those writing books. Anyone who writes anything for any reason will benefit from the lessons in Write Tight.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Saunders on June 21, 2014
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This author is a condescending know it all. He forgets the beauty of language and the joy of painting a picture. He has some excellent points, but he himself could have made his book more to the point and shorter. Was really hard to read because the text came off as rude.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janice G. Gourley on August 7, 2014
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One of the first things he says is leave out the parts people will skip and then he wastes words telling me how to grow and care for a bonsai tree. I skipped all the parts with the lame tree analogy that went on and on. Only made it through the first two chapters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marvet John on August 17, 2014
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Good read.. Usable information. Highly recommend if you write anything.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Lucas on January 9, 2008
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I was hoping this book would be help me to write tighter such as the book "Line by Line: Edit Yourself" did. But instead it did not help me write tighter to much degree.

I do like the Title, though. Writing Tight is an art form as well as great utility.

I review a lot of business and technical documents and I almost never find consise writing. It is always loose and wordy. The subject is certainly important, but the author needs to work at his communication skills. You can write tight, but did you communicate the message? This author did not.

I also felt the author was too self-indulgent, which detracted from the objective of the book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Bookworm on March 12, 2009
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I checked this book out at the library and honestly, I didn't want to give it back, so I bought it here on Amazon. It helped me so much with my last project.

Brohaugh gives a ton of examples, including some from his own work, to illustrate his points about trimming and editing, rewriting and strengthening. There's a handy appendix of redundant phrases in the back. I highly recommend this book for anyone who writes, fiction or otherwise. It will help you streamline your writing and get your point across.
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