“These days, most creative-writing courses teach self-indulgence. Write Tight counsels discipline. It is worth more than a university education. Its advice is gold.” -Dean Koontz
Foreword by Lawrence Block
Not since The Elements of Style has a writing guide had the ability to turn a writer’s work around so effectively. Every writer struggles with keeping their prose focused and concise, but surprisingly few books address this essential topic. Write Tight is an informative and utterly readable guide that tackles these issues head-on.
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. Other topics include:
-Outlining the four levels of wordiness
-Identifying 16 types of flabby writing
-Exercises that help writers avoid wordiness
-Streamlining through sidebars and checklists
-Tests that show how concise a writer’s prose is
“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
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.
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.
Title: Write Tight: Say Exactly What You Mean with Precision and Power
Author: William Brohaugh
Category: Writing Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Links to Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble