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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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February 20, 2017
My thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.
*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...
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...
July 29, 2017
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
June 14, 2017
After writing my first book I felt it was time to return to the “classroom” and sit by the side of one of the best editors and authors of our time and continue working on my art. I was not disappointed. The insights on good writing permeated the entire book, and as an added benefit the book was f...
July 19, 2017
Harold Evans, former editor of the Sunday Times of London, presents a beneficial (not at all didactic) book on how to make writing sparkle with as few words as possible in appropriately, "Do I Make Myself Clear: Why Writing Well Matters."
Evans discharges mountains of examples of bloated words and...
July 19, 2017
A CLARION CALL FOR EXCELLENT WRITING
Long-time journalist and former President of Random House Harold Evans has written a fascinating audiobook on the subject of clear communication. He uses classic texts as examples throughout the book combined with interesting stories.
I listened to the audiobook...