The book then goes the next 150 pages giving examples after examples of the same type of issues. This is where he fails. The revision removes that completely. A saving of 50% in writing time, in reading time, in paper and screen space, in human patience and understanding-it all adds up to real money. Good prose has an operator, an action, and an object. For instance, he takes this sentence: Pelicans may also be vulnerable to direct oiling, but the lack of mortality data despite numerous spills in areas frequented by the species suggests that it practices avoidance.
It doesn't sound more natural to me - it grates like squeaky chalk. I used it in college extensively and was so enamored by it that I purchased a copy for a relative whose language skills were wanting. It also offers a glimmer of hope that language as a weapon of obscurity can be beaten. Lanham is a must have for anyone in the writing field, the business world or the government. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials. But his point is well taken.
Start fast - no slow windups; 6. I can't speak hightly enough of it. Starting from analysis and reconstruction using small number of rules, progressing to the philosophical question of why you should revise prose, this book remains interesting after multiple readings. He did not say: 'Hostilities shall be commenced on the coastal perimeter. Restate the action with an active verb 5. There's too much that the Paramedic Method ignores.
It also adds up to a more persuasive and amiable presentation of self, as Revising Prose argues in its final chapter. Rewrite the sentence with a fast start, avoiding mindless introductions 6. Everybody to whom I've given this book back before it became so expensive has also found that it radically changed their writing for the better. Instead of 12 words, 4. You'll produce documents that are clearer, more precise, and ultimately more compelling. No defects, little sign of use. Would be interesting to know what the current editions have made of all that.
Then, if this error is repeated in later editions - for shame! Professional Prose -- Chapter 7. Put this action in a simple not compound active verb; 5. If you're like me, it will change your whole understanding of writing style, an enable you to make your point clearly, briefly and succinctly, in about half the words you normally use. Although their books have gone through several editions since, the core concepts remain the same. If bureaucrats around the world learned from this book, we'd save the old growth forests. I first read this book in 1980 as a graduate student and it changed the way I write.
The excluded 30 pages comprise a brief glossary of grammatical terms and 35 exercises for the reader. The E-mail message field is required. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Below are four brief examples and a test-yourself exercise from the book. You can find a version by the same author, same publisher Longman , almost the same title, and exactly the same book for a fraction of the price. I read some self-help books earlier this morning and they bored me to death but this author is teaching some technical stuff and is making it all a piece of cake. It will not teach you how to pray for inspiration, marshall your thoughts, or find the willpower to glue backside to chair.
The qualifications are necessary to let the reader judge the information correctly. This slim writing guide by Prof. Lanham does a fantastic job providing simple techniques that allow anyone from the the casual writer to the technical writer streamline their prose to create clearer and more powerful sentences, paragraphs, and documents. I recommend Analyzing Prose by the same author, if you can get it at a reasonable price. Assertions, the very reason we communicate, should be the priority. As such, if you are not a writer or an editor, this is a decent enough book to start your revisioning education for your own material. Older books may show minor flaws.
Although their books have gone through several editions since, the core concepts remain the same. Lanham occasionally wanders off the ranch. I'd like to give this book to every teacher in America. I was always told that revising meant planting my posterior in a chair and just muscling through, and I told my students that, too. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials. And turn it into this: People usually resist new regulations.
A devotee of new tech, Lanham gets excited about the tools electronic writing makes available. His asides expound libertarian politics incidental to writing, afflicted with rah-rah boosterism that infects his chapter on Electronic Prose. Third, do each of these examples on your own and compare your solution with the author's. It led him into some rather unsuccessful to me ideas about using oddball typefaces to help understand sentence structure. Effectively revising your writing can seem like just another daunting task.