Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters by Harold Evans

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Harry Evans has edited everything from the urgent files of battlefield reporters to the complex thought processes of Henry Kissinger. He's even been knighted for his services to journalism. In DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR?, he brings his indispensable insight to us all in his definite guide to writing well.

The right words are oxygen to our ideas, but the digital era, with all of its TTYL, LMK, and WTF, has been cutting off that oxygen flow. The compulsion to be precise has vanished from our culture, and in writing of every kind we see a trend towards more--more speed and more information but far less clarity.

Evans provides practical examples of how editing and rewriting can make for better communication, even in the digital age. DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR? is an essential text, and one that will provide every writer an editor at his shoulder.

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ISBN : 0316277177
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 416 pages


Jen rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 20, 2017

My thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. No.* *To avoid being a smart-arse re:my above response to the question of the title, I will attempt to explain why the book did not resonate with me. The author took about 14 eReader pages to expl...

Doris rated it ★☆☆☆☆

October 01, 2017

This book seemed to me to be pure political propaganda. I could find nothing to help authors with actual writing. The sections skirting writing and editing seemed to be his muddy afterthoughts to me, just used offhandedly to frame his passionate true political message. The author is British, knig...

Mac rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 29, 2017

Sir Evans: I decided not to read your book. Here’s why. The four sentence-structure definitions on page 34 are not accurate, thus undermining the credibility of your book. For example: 1. A simple sentence can have a compound verb, not just a “single-verb.” 2. A compound sentence requires a coordinat...

Tony rated it ★★★★☆

June 24, 2017

DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR? (2017). Harold Evans. ***1/2. I wasn’t sure what I should expect from this book; either a “How To…” or a “Watch Out For…” would have been possible. The author was a former editor of “The Sunday Times” and “The Times of London.” After those positions, he came to America and...

Madeleine rated it ★★★★☆

August 08, 2017

This book should be standard reading for every writer. Harold Evans has crafted a witty and persuasive argument for why and how everyone should write clearly. Evans enumerates ambiguous habits, clarifies clear style, and draws from his experiences as an editor, all while reminding the reader (and...

Johannes rated it ★★★★☆

November 07, 2017

Kiinnostavaa luettavaa monelta kannalta. Tiivistettynä kirja siitä, miten kirjoittaa hyvää ja selkeää tekstiä. Evans lyö tiskiin huonoja tekstejä, kertoo mikä niissä on pielessä ja korjaa ne. Välillä hän kattaa pöytään valioyksilöitä ja kertoo, miksi ne ovat niin hyviä. Hienoja ekskursioita, mauk...

Newton rated it ★★★★☆

November 11, 2017

Do I Make Myself Clear?:Why Writing Well Matters - Harold Evans | NITROLEITURAS #guiaparaescritores Um guia de estilo e de escrita do lendário Sir Harold Evans, editor dos mais importantes jornais e editoras do mundo! Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters - Harold Evans | 416 páginas, Li...

Geoffrey rated it ★★★☆☆

August 01, 2017

I'm not a huge fan of books about writing, they tend to be written by failed writers (I can see myself writing one some day) or Stephen King. So to see that Harold Evans had attempted one was a welcome change from the usual crowd of unpublished prophets re-hashing the same points over and over. I...

Mackay rated it ★★★☆☆

June 02, 2017

Great book on clear writing by one of the premier editors of our time. I have to say, though, my own Conan the Grammarian is just as good and more fun - but mine is geared toward fiction; Evans' is geared toward nonfiction, so take your pick.

Lulu rated it ★★★★☆

November 21, 2017

Well-written (of course) book on, well, writing. Lots of examples of snippets from articles presented next to Evans's suggestions for rewriting the sentences to make them active, more interesting, clearer, all of it. It's long but reads quickly.

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