Is your writing flabby or fit? The Writer’s Diet
(Pearson New Zealand) by Helen Sword
will help you energize your writing and strip unnecessary padding from your prose. This is an excellent book for anyone working on writing projects, be they short stories or full-length novels.
Students to teachers to professional writers will benefit from reading The Writers Diet. We all have pet words that we tend to excessively use, all which show our weaknesses and excesses in the use of verbs, nouns, prepositions, adjectives/adverbs, and ‘waste words’ (e.g. it, that, there). Along with a reliable dictionary and thesaurus, this is an excellent book for writers to keep on their desks.
The Writers Diet
also offers Writers Diet Test
that can be taken online (just enter up to 1,000 words and click “Start the Test”). While this test is not an actual assessment of your writing, it does give a general idea where polishing is needed. I’ve also found it to be one of several good editing tools in my own writing.
Think your writing needs more style and energetic prose, this is one book worth purchasing. It is a bit pricey (considering it’s shipped from New Zealand), but worth every dollar.