As its title implies, this book deals with revising, not with original composition. Stressing the importance of the single sentence, The Paramedic Method of revision provides an easily learned method of revision to combat the obscurities of meaning that plague The Official Style, and demonstrates how to revise this stilted, dense prose into plain ...
As its title implies, this book deals with revising, not with original composition. Stressing the importance of the single sentence, The Paramedic Method of revision provides an easily learned method of revision to combat the obscurities of meaning that plague The Official Style, and demonstrates how to revise this stilted, dense prose into plain English. This book has been used with success wherever extensive writing is required, and also at every level of higher education. Addresses the specific stylistic patterns that characterize most bad writing and gives an eight-step revision method called The Paramedic Method to break those patterns and improve writing. Helps with writing tasks in business, government, and the university, where The Official Style is rampant, and provides an indispensable guide to revising in every writing context.
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Then get Richard Lanham's book, Revising Prose. Incredibly enough, he has created a VERY simple method, which, if followed, will turn extremely lousy, wandering sentences into very clear sentences. You do not need any special background or English courses to get started, just a desire to QUICKLY improve your writing and thinking. I first encountered Revising Prose 22 years ago in a college writing course, and Mr. Lanham has improved it continuously since then. More helpful than any other book I have used, and very quick reading, ( no grammatical jargon), Prof. Lanham's book is a genuine public service. If you have struggled to write clear sentences, please get this book, today. It will open your eyes!
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