The Book

Do your sentences sag? Could your paragraphs use a pick-me-up? If so, The Writer’s Diet is for you! Whether you’re a teacher or a student, a librarian or a lawyer, this short, sharp introduction to great writing will teach you how to transform stodgy sentences into active, energetic prose.  Dispensing with excessive explanations and overwrought analysis, international writing expert Helen Sword offers an easy-to-follow set of writing principles and then shows those principles in action through examples from William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Martin Luther King Jr., John McPhee, A. S. Byatt, Richard Dawkins, Alison Gopnik, and many others. Thanks to Sword’s coaching, writers of all levels can learn strengthen and tone their sentences with the stroke of a pen or the click of a mouse. As with any fitness routine, adhering to the Writer’s Diet principles requires energy and vigilance. The results, however, will speak for themselves.

© Helen Sword