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on Feb. 11, 2013 :
This book was an quick read. I was able to instantly apply the examples to my manuscripts. Even after years of writing, I was surprised how often I was guilty of the nonproductive words.
I would recommend this book to any writer needing to trim or even ideas for editing their book. The Word-Loss Diet puts all of the words that could be reduced or changed into one source and more importantly explains why.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 13, 2013 :
Unlike macros or online editing tools, this book provides examples to explain why something is unnecessary. I’ve always found it hard to trim my superfluous words because the tools I used never provided a full explanation. Following the exercises in chapters one and two of The Word Loss Diet for Writers my manuscript shrank by 700 words! I’m sure there will be further shrinkage once I finish working through the exercises.
This book covers redundant words, dialogue, barrier words, adjectives, adverbs, watery words, tautologies and tightening the plot. Although this book is targeted at novice writers I would recommend this book to any writer keen to tighten their writing. This is a fantastic tool for your arsenal.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)