How to Not Write Bad by Ben Yagoda
The Most Common Writing Problems and the Best Ways to Avoid Them

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Ben Yagoda's How to Not Write Bad illustrates how we can all write better, more clearly, and for a wider readership.

He offers advice on what he calls "not-writing-badly," which consists of the ability, first, to craft sentences that are correct in terms of spelling, diction (word choice), punctuation, and grammar, and that also display clarity, precision, and grace. Then he focuses on crafting whole paragraphs—with attention to cadence, consistency of tone, sentence transitions, and paragraph length.

In a fun, comprehensive guide, Yagoda lays out the simple steps we can all take to make our writing more effective, more interesting—and just plain better.
 

About Ben Yagoda

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Ben Yagoda is the author of "About Town: The New Yorker aBen Yagoda is the author of "About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made", a "New York Times" Notable Book of thnd the World It Made", a "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year, and "Will Rogers". He is coeditor, with Kevin Kerrane Year, and "Will Rogers". He is coeditor, with Kevin Kerrane, of "The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Je, of "The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism", and has written for The "New York Times Magazineournalism", and has written for The "New York Times Magazine", "The American Scholar", "Esquire", and many other publica", "The American Scholar", "Esquire", and many other publications. Yagoda directs the journalism department at the Univetions. Yagoda directs the journalism department at the University of Delaware, where he teaches nonfiction writing. He lrsity of Delaware, where he teaches nonfiction writing. He lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two daugives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two daughters. hters.
 
Published February 5, 2013 by Riverhead. 193 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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A forgiving--a purist might say overly forgiving--handbook for those in need of remedial grammar lessons, a category that includes most college students.

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(Take this “grammar test” in The Telegraph, for example: It is so downright silly that the paper’s own assistant comment editor and science writer, Tom Chivers, took the unusual step of critiquing it online in a Telegraph blog.) So—and I’m sorry if this sounds patronizing—I was genuinely surprise...

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Carlin Romano

Ben Yagoda is a professor of English and journalism at the University of Delaware and the author of, among other books, The Sound on the Page: Style and Voice in Writing and How to Not Write Bad: The Most Common Writing Errors and the Best Ways to Avoid Them.

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English speakers say “It will rain tomorrow” (with the future-marking modal auxiliary will), where German speakers would say Morgen regnet es (literally “Tomorrow rains it”), and Germans turn out to save significantly more of their income than English speakers do.

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Carlin Romano

But in the case of language, that doesn’t stop expert users from making the logical fallacy of assuming If X, then Y, X being knowledge of a language and Y being how that language works.

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Carlin Romano

is a professor of English and journalism at the University of Delaware and the author of, among other books, The Sound on the Page: Style and Voice in Writing and How to Not Write Bad: The Most Common Writing Errors and the Best Ways to Avoid Them.

May 18 2012 | Read Full Review of How to Not Write Bad: The Mos...

Carlin Romano

is a professor of English and journalism at the University of Delaware and the author of, among other books, The Sound on the Page: Style and Voice in Writing and How to Not Write Bad: The Most Common Writing Errors and the Best Ways to Avoid Them.

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