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The Writing BASE
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The Book

Is your writing flabby or fit? If your sentences are weighed down with passives and prepositions, be-verbs and waste words, The Writer’s Diet is for you – a practical, punchy introduction to good writing.

The Test

Use the online WritersDiet Test to identify paunchy prose, then follow the no-nonsense advice in the book to strengthen and tone your verbal muscles.

The Author

Helen Sword is a Professor of Humanities at the University of Auckland and an international writing consultant. Visit her Resources for Writers website at

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