When Good People Write Bad Sentences

" These are just a few of the warning signs that you might have an addiction to bad writing. But fear not. This practical guide to eliminating bad writing habits will put you on the path to recovery.

Author: Robert W. Harris

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781466852327

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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At last, help for writers who can admit they have a problem. Do you get a lift by dangling a participle? Has your punctuation ever caused difficulties at home or at work? Do you consider yourself just a "social misspeller?" These are just a few of the warning signs that you might have an addiction to bad writing. But fear not. This practical guide to eliminating bad writing habits will put you on the path to recovery. Filled with accessible advice and examples, this "powerful 12-step program" identifies the most common writing mistakes and offers simple ways to correct them. Here, you can learn to overcome wordiness, formality, incompleteness, and other problems that stand in the way of clear communication. And as you learn to eliminate ineffective sentences, you'll be "writing off" jargon, mixed metaphors, clichés, and more. The advice in this ingenious and useful book has helped Tom G., Martha D., and Cathy W.* write more clearly, confidently, and persuasively. It can do the same for you - whether you write for school, work, or pleasure. If you've tried other programs, only to fall back on bad habits, let Standard English be your guide. This book will show you how. Get ready to improve your writing skills - one sentence at a time. *their real names

A Guide to Writing for Human Service Professionals

You can't write a book without going to other sources. Thankfully, I found some
lovely people who allowed me to use their material. They include: Robert Harris,
whose terrific book When Good People Write Bad Sentences helped ...

Author: Morley D. Glicken

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538106211

Category: Social Science

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Straightforward and concise, the second edition of A Guide to Writing for Human Service Professionals offers students and professionals practical tools to improve their writing. In his animated and highly accessible teaching voice, Glicken presents the rules of punctuation, grammar, and APA style in jargon-free language that’s easy to understand. Chapters include detailed, real-world examples on how to write academic papers, client assessments and evaluations, business letters, research proposals and reports, papers for mass audiences, requests for funding, and much more. Glicken provides the most comprehensive writing guide available in an engaging and digestible format, including end-of-chapter exercises that allow readers to further practice their writing and critical thinking skills. A Guide to Writing for Human Service Professionals is an invaluable resource for current and future human service professionals across social work, psychology, and counseling. Updates to the Second Edition include: New writing exercises in every chapter to help current and future human service professionals improve critical thinking and expository writing skills New discussion on social media writing, cyberslang, and writing articles for the mass media on issues related to the human services A greater emphasis on the difference between politically correct writing and writing that shows sensitivity to diversity Expanded coverage of critical thinking and writing, conducting research, and plagiarism New examples of resume writing, business letters, and reference letters Expanded discussion of the importance of writing clear mission statements and agency goals

Write Better Right Now

The Reluctant Writer's Guide to Confident Communication and Self-Assured Style
Mary-Kate Mackey ... When Good People Write Bad Sentences: 12 Steps to
Better Writing Habits, Robert W. Harris, St. Martin's Press, 2004. It's basic, it's ...

Author: Mary-Kate Mackey

Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser

ISBN: 9781632659385

Category: Business & Economics

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In almost any career, you must know how to write—even if it’s not part of your job description. But if you are a reluctant writer, producing even the simplest memo may be a struggle. Write Better Right Now is the springboard to get you ahead in any job, passion project, or situation that requires writing skills. No matter what you are called upon to do—blog posts, speeches, web content, press releases, or more—this step-by-step manual gives you the solid techniques you need to get the task done. Write Better Right Now works because it is: Short—It takes a concise approach, from first thoughts to final edits, and its “mix-and-match” structure means you only have to read the sections you need. Practical—It is loaded with summations, short cuts, tips, cheat sheets, and hands-on exercises. Solution-driven—Knowing where you’ve gone wrong is half the battle. Write Better Right Now offers you the tools to identify your own problem patterns and choose the quickest and most appropriate fixes. You can improve your writing today. With straightforward guidance, Write Better Right Now is the quick read for productive people who need to create clear and crisp communication—right now.

The Elements of Visual Style

ROBERT W . HARRIS is a freelance writer and designer . He is the author of
twelve books , including When Good People Write Bad Sentences . His website
is www . rwhstudio . com . ISBN - 13 : 978 - 0 - 618 - 77245 - 2 ISBN - 10 : 0 - 618
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Author: Robert W. Harris

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0618772456

Category: Computers

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A handy reference encompasses the fundamental principles and techniques of design for both PC or Mac users, covering everything from understanding typography to manipulating art.

Interpretive Writing

ALAN LEFTRIDGE 27 Confuses & Misuses , When Good People Write Bad
Sentences , Sin and Syntax , The Elements of Style , and On Writing Well . 9 . Use
either one or three exclamation points , never two , four , or more . One
exclamation ...

Author: Alan Leftridge

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951D02650590S

Category: Interpretation of cultural and natural resources

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"The book introduces you to the strategies promoted by the National Association for Interpretation and the National Park Service for written interpretation, with a focus on developing tangibles, intangibles, universals, and interpretive themes in your writing, while avoiding trite expressions. These strategies and skills apply to your brochures, web sites, exhibits, public service announcements, books, magazine articles and other interpretive projects."--pub. description.

Good Words

Some great man, I think it was David Hume, maintained that an increase in
industry was the increase that would do most ... persons who have great
reputations in the world for their style of writing, are singular examples of a bad
style of writing.

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Cassette Books

Winchester describes the goal to provide comprehensive meanings of all words ,
the project's complexity , crucial ... When Good People Write Bad Sentences :
Twelve Steps to Better Writing Habits RC 58539 by Robert W. Harris read by
Mark ...

Author: Library of Congress. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

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Ten Books for the People

How many people write a good letler ? ... The time and space taken up with
apologies for bad writing , excuses for not having written before , etc. , would
enable.one to convey much ... scrawl , wastes time , loses temper , and often ,
through the misinterpretation of a word , puts a wrong construction on an entire
sentence .

Author: Charles Edward Bolton

Publisher:

ISBN: CHI:089788415

Category: Anthologies

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Braille Books

One Hundred Words Every High School Freshman Should Know BR 15947 by
American Heritage Dictionaries 1 volume ... When Good People Write Bad
Sentences : Twelve Steps to Better Writing Habits BR 15628 by Robert W. Harris
1 ...

Author: Library of Congress. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

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ISBN: WISC:89126926039

Category: Blind

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Good Words and Sunday Magazine

The man who has one style of site extreme , and nearly taking away all writing ,
which he applies to all the various choice whatever . The length of a day would
aspects of the subject he writes about , is a not suffice for giving patent and
palpable bad writer . ... of whether long sentences or short Some great man , I
think it was David sentences should be used , it may be observed Hume ,
maintained that an ...

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ISBN: NWU:35556000746420

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Good words ed by N Macleod

The man who has one style of site extreme , and nearly taking away all writing ,
which he applies to all the various choice whatever . The length of a day would
aspects of the subject he writes about , is a not suffice for giving patent and
palpable bad writer . ... of moderation . tion of whether long sentences or short
Some great man , I think it was David sentences should be used , it may be
observed | Hume ...

Author: Norman Macleod

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ISBN: OXFORD:555031121

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Talking Book Topics

When Good People Write Bad Sentences : Twelve Steps to Better Writing Habits
RC 58539 by Robert W. Harris read by Mark Ashby 1 cassette Strategies for
overcoming an “ addiction to bad writing . ” Examines the roots of common writing
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ISBN: OSU:32435074469370

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How to Not Write Bad

Ben Yagoda's How to Not Write Bad illustrates how we can all write better, more clearly, and for a wider readership.

Author: Ben Yagoda

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101602126

Category: Reference

Page: 192

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Ben Yagoda's How to Not Write Bad illustrates how we can all write better, more clearly, and for a wider readership. He offers advice on what he calls "not-writing-badly," which consists of the ability, first, to craft sentences that are correct in terms of spelling, diction (word choice), punctuation, and grammar, and that also display clarity, precision, and grace. Then he focuses on crafting whole paragraphs—with attention to cadence, consistency of tone, sentence transitions, and paragraph length. In a fun, comprehensive guide, Yagoda lays out the simple steps we can all take to make our writing more effective, more interesting—and just plain better.

Improve Your Writing Skills

It is short because we don't want to dwell on negative examples, but it exists to
offer a few warnings and to explain how problems are often caused. Most of the
items have ... Well, some people are just not used to expressing themselves on
paper at all, and can't be expected to write fluently. Apart from that however, the
following bad habits and misunderstandings cause the most problems. They are
not in ...

Author: Roy Johnson

Publisher: Roy Johnson

ISBN: 9780951984451

Category: Composition (Language arts)

Page: 136

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This guide aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of writing. Designed for writers at any level, the emphasis is on planning and editing rather than learning grammatical rules. The guidance notes cover all the basic essentials, including ideas, structure, layout, presentation and how to write more fluently. For computer users, its shows how to get the best from the word-processor, and covers electronic writing on the Internet. The book also contains suggestions for further reading.

Every Saturday

A good maxim for worldly men , is to be very chary of offending those persons
whom they observe to have good ... of those persons who have great reputations
in the world for their style of writing , are singular examples of a bad style of
writing ...

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Writing for Your Life

That was in the days , ” he corrects himself , “ when people knew the difference
between good writing and bad ) . Now , as I say , they don ' t quite know what a
good sentence or a bad sentence is . ” The difference between good writing and
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ISBN: STANFORD:36105004429101

Category: Authors

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Computers and Computing

Style checkers - software that evaluates writing style and syntax- " will make bad
writing better but will make good ... words are better than long ones , ” says
William Zinsser , the author of writing guides and the general editor of Time Inc.'s
Book ...

Author: Seth Hock

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin School

ISBN: PSU:000015866295

Category: Computers

Page: 376

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