Saturday, February 8, 2014
Book Review: Getting the Words Right
Theodore Cheney outlines the three Rs of revision: reduction, rearranging, and rewording. He encourages the writer to weed out the unnecessary, refine the sentences worth keeping, and strive for the goals of unity, coherence, and emphasis. With plenty of examples of note-worthy revision, the book walks the reader/writer through the process of polishing one's words.
This was, perhaps, not my favorite writing book of all time, but it was helpful, nonetheless. It will be a good guide as I begin this process of honing my own words to get them right. Revision is essential and I'll take all the help I can get to get the words right.