Posts Tagged ‘book’

New book, new look, again!

By Helen Sword | Published: May 29th, 2016 | The Writer's Diet

Now, for the first time since its publication by a small New Zealand press in 2007, The Writer’s Diet is available internationally in print and electronic editions through all good bookstores and online retailers. In celebration of the launch, the University of Chicago  Press is offering a 15% discount to subscribers of my quarterly e-newsletter, which you can sign up for by entering your name and email address at the bottom of this page.


How the WritersDiet Test works

By Helen Sword | Published: April 15th, 2015 | About the test

It’s pretty simple, actually – so simple, in fact, that you can perform the test manually if you prefer to go low-tech.  Just gather together five colored highlighters (preferably orange, blue, green, yellow, and pink) and use the scoring charts at the back of the book to calculate your scores.

In a nutshell, the online test identifies words in each of five grammatical categories: nouns, verbs, prepositions, adjectives/adverbs, and a grab-bag category unscientifically dubbed “waste words” (it, this, that, there).  The higher the percentage of highlighted words in each category, the “flabbier” your diagnosis. (more…)