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Author Haag, Pamela, author.

Title Revise : the Scholar-Writer's Essential Guide to Tweaking, Editing, and Perfecting Your Manuscript / Pamela Haag
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2021]
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Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Introduction -- 1. "Jargon-y, Theory-Heavy, and Obscure": Handling Specialized Language -- 2. Stage-Setting, Recapping, and Forecasting: Reducing "Traffic Direction" and Procedural Language -- 3. "Doesn't Flow": Improving Sequencing and Organization -- 4. "I've Been Struggling with Structure Since the Dissertation": Solving Structural Problems -- 5. "Too Much Just Put There": Dealing with Source Material -- 6. "Book Has No Through-Line": Tackling Common Thesis Problems -- 7. "Length! A Huge Concern!": When a Manuscript Must (or Should) Be Shortened -- 8. "Make It Readable": Revising Syntax and Sentence Construction -- 9. "Awk.": Finding Your Cadence, Tone, and Voice -- 10. "Metaphors Gone Awry": Fine-Tuning Figurative Language -- 11. "Needs Tightening and Strengthening": Clarifying Verbs, Subjects, and Objects -- 12. "Bizarre Words and Flaky Diction": Replacing Inapt Words and Phrases -- 13. When Others Identify Problems: Coping Productively with Criticism -- A Note of Encouragement -- The Style Audit -- Works Cited -- Acknowledgments -- Index
Summary A helpful, engaging guide to the revision of scholarly writing by an editor and award-winning author "Pamela Haag has been called 'the tenure whisperer' for good reason. Any scholar who hopes to attract a wider audience of readers will benefit from the brilliant, step-by-step guidance shared here. It's pure gold for all aspiring nonfiction writers."--Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America Writing and revision are two different skills. Many scholar-writers have learned something about how to write, but fewer know how to read and revise their own writing, spot editorial issues, and transform a draft from passable to great. Drawing on before and after examples from more than a decade as a developmental editor of scholarly works, Pamela Haag tackles the most common challenges of scholarly writing. This book is packed with practical, user-friendly advice and is written with warmth, humor, sympathy, and flair. With an inspiring passion for natural language, Haag demonstrates how to reconcile clarity with intellectual complexity. Designed to be an in-the-trenches desktop reference, this indispensable resource can help scholars develop a productive self-editing habit, advise their graduate and other students on style, and, ultimately, get their work published and praised
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 15, 2021)
Subject Academic writing.
Academic writing.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Writing / Academic & Scholarly.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300258461