Of the truly silly number of hours I've spent with my nose in the binding of books on the craft of writing, those I spent with Do I Make Myself Clear? He pillories academic and political writing with its relentlessly convoluted circle of words stomping out meaning. I had high hopes going in, but nearly stopped reading half-way through the first chapter. The author provides excellent advice on what good writing is. Finalizes the book with four great examples of nonfiction writing. The author is British, knighted as Sir Harold Evans. I can see him in his wingback chair, in front of a tiny fireplace that is more about scene setting than warmth, perhaps with a pipe forgotten in an ashtray on the tiny table that also supports a reading lamp and a tepid cup of forgotten tea. Petersburg, Florida, where he was writing a book about his experiences at the Times of London, Harold Evans was already famous in journalism circles for one of the most daring acts of reporting and editing in the history of Great Britain, if not the world.
You will want to come up for air. You'll be a better writer for it. Sometimes verdicts took years to reach. The man practices what he preaches. I am a self-confessed junkie for books on the English language and how to write well.
Toning the muscles of your prose comes in the exercise of revision. Jeffrey Filer, dean of the Harvard Medical School,57 is concerned that a small subset of scientists get research published that is not reproducible. Harold Evans has edited everything from the urgent files of battlefield reporters to the complex thought processes of Henry Kissinger, and he has been knighted for his services to journalism. He clears a path through the thorny underbrush that stands between us and meaning, and he does it with cutting humor and graceful charm. New York: Little, Brown and Company. After reading this book, I can affirm the answer is yes. Harry Evans has edited everything from the urgent files of battlefield reporters to the complex thought processes of Henry Kissinger.
In the late 1970s it was William Zinsser who showed us what clutter looked like, and why it did us harm. Why Writing Well Matters - Harold Evans 416 páginas, Little Brown, 2017 Lido de 09. He's even been knighted for his services to journalism. Ele já foi nomeado cavaleiro por seus serviços ao jornalismo. I want you to retain the image in your mind as a metaphor for bad things in your prose you barely notice….
The second chapter was more promising so I trudged on. The severe-looking president was in many ways a transformational progressive. Harry Evans has edited everything from the urgent files of battlefield reporters to the complex thought processes of Henry Kissinger. See through political campaigns erected on a tower of falsehoods. The sections skirting writing and editing seemed to be his muddy afterthoughts to me, just used offhandedly to frame his passionate true political message. He was up against an army of lawyers deployed by the Distillers group, which owned the drug, enforcing endless injunctions and pursuing bullyboy tactics with the plaintiff families.
Author Notes Booklist Review Sir Harold Evans The American Century, 1998 has devoted his life to making clear, concise, and important decisions about words. For all the wit and the sprinkling of cartoons to illustrate a point, Evans also shows that words can matter in life-and-death situations. How does Sir Evans's hatred of President Trump teach me to write? Posteriormente, ele mesmo escreveu vários livros populares sobre a história americana. To my surprise, this book contains gems that have already proven useful in improving the clarity and conciseness of my writing. In the meantime, scared parents exposed their unvaccinated children and others to greater risk.
He cites the widely cited paper that got into the Lancet in 1998 claiming a link between measles vaccines and autism. Keep sentences to 40 words or shorter. I recommend picking up this book in small installments. It's like some vile, incurable disease: there are bad days, and there are worse days. In 2001 British journalists voted him the all-time greatest British newspaper editor, and in 2004 he was knighted. .
A complex sentence has one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses. At least one is meant to be. The author points out that these are similarities and that the readers should not be indifferent to the parallels. In this digital age the right words are oxygen to our ideas, as a desire to be precise is vanishing from our culture and writing of every kind is trending towards more speed and information but far less clarity. Do I Make Myself Clear? There are more than nine thousand different claiming options—and the administration is prohibited by law from giving case-by-case personal advice.
If you're a good writer, it's boring and not illustrative of anything; if you're a poor writer, it's too narrowly focused, showy and didactic to teach anything. As I write this, Harold Evans is 90, still writing well and showing why it matters. He's even been knighted for his services to journalism. Throughout the book, Evans provides techniques on good writing. After a while the examples do not sink in and make sense—at least to me.