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Friday, January 29, 2016

The Naked Writer by G. Miki Hayden


According to legend, there was once a dying Zen master.  The master shocked his pupils when he got up and suddenly started dancing.  Then he went back to bed and told them: ‘That’s effort!’

Hayden uses this story to tell her readers that clear and concise writing requires a lot of hard work.  Luckily, she actually manages to make a grammatical style guide interesting and not at all like many dry textbooks.  She explains the eight different parts of speech, the difference between active and passive writing and how not to be repetitive. Hayden also provides a list of the most common mistakes that writers make and easy ways to correct them. I especially enjoyed the chapter about finding the right word.

This is an extremely helpful book for writers and I certainly intend to buy a paperback copy!

I received this free eBook from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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