Creative Writing Tips * Grammar * Punctuation * Chicago Style * Format
PURGE YOUR PROSE OF PROBLEMS answers the following and more than 700 other questions, all vital to writers who want to edit their own books:
- Where do the commas belong? (page 59)
- What’s the difference between which and that? (page 174)
- Why do publishers dislike the word realized? (page 127)
- How do good writers create believable characters? (page 53)
- What is a dangling modifier, how can you recognize it, and how can you repair it? (page 66)
- What is better, towards, or toward? (page 180)
- What is the difference between assure, insure, and ensure? (page 40)
- Why and how strong writers avoid all forms of the verb to be? (page 185)
- When should you write out a number, and when should you use the numeral? (page 128)
- How and when should you use abbreviations? (page 28)
- When is x-ray capitalized, and when should it be lowercased? (page 193)
- Which is correct, T-shirt, tee shirt, or t-shirt? (page 171)
The spiral-bound book lies flat, so you won’t lose your place when you put it in front of your computer.
As a PDF/e-book, you can search the file electronically to find any subject you want, quickly and easily.
Pay an editor thousands of dollars, spend hundreds on reference books, and you still won’t learn all the valuable lessons crammed into these pages.
This is one of the best writing manuals I have ever acquired, and I regularly recommend it to both novice and seasoned writers. My own copy looks like a case of Post-It notes exploded on it. Thank you for sharing your vast wealth of experience with us in this wonderful work!Sandra J. CropseyC Works, LLC
I followed your directions [for changing the two spaces after every period into one space after every period], and it worked perfectly!! Thank you so much!! You just saved me the painstaking job of going through every sentence in my 125-page manuscript!Helene ChoSynergy Consulting
This is one of the best writing manuals I have ever acquired, and I regularly recommend it to both novice and seasoned writers. My own copy looks like a case of Post-It notes exploded on it. Thank you for sharing your vast wealth of experience with us in this wonderful work!