Make Every Word Memorable!

To be remembered for your words, you need to write with skill and style. Whether you’re crafting a novel, composing an e-mail, or creating a technical report, Mastering the Craft of Writing presents 52 practical techniques to improve your prose. Spend a week with each technique, or use this book as a go-to reference. Either way, you’ll have the tools to enliven your writing and delight your readers.

  • Write with economy: Eliminate wordiness, use strong verbs to drive your sentences, and don’t trust modifiers.
  • Write with emphasis: Use punctuation for effect, structure sentences and paragraphs for coherency and flow, and employ repetition to make your point.
  • Write with distinction: Use your imagination to create the unexpected, add a light-hearted touch to your writing, and go beyond clarity to eloquence and grace.

With exercises, entertaining asides, and a wealth of useful information, Mastering the Craft of Writing is an invaluable resource for any writer. Once you master these techniques, you’ll want to use them in everything you write.

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  1. John L. Kerr

    Already helping (4 chapters in) (now 26) (now 52 (i.e. Done)) I bought a copy of Mastering the Craft of Writing on Friday and started reading it this morning, using a notebook to keep track of ideas I get on the first pass. (Stephen suggests we read his book twice, once for the big points, then a chapter a week doing the exercises.) I just got to week 4 and came up with three completely new ideas for my writing and the tool I’ve built for myself. That doesn’t happen very often, so I must thank him now, while the ink is still wet on my journal pages…

  2. Chase

    This book amped up my copywriting game There are tons of lame books on writing that provide generic advice like:-Write with rhythm-Vary your sentence length-Make sure your ideas flow from one sentence to the nextHowever, Mastering the Craft of Writing is not one of those books.It lives up to its title by providing precise and practical advice on how to write sentences and paragraphs that are clear, emphatic and flavorful.Even though the book isn’t about copywriting, it aided me…

  3. book lover

    I love it for several reasons Hello Stephen,I finished reading your book, Mastering the Craft of Writing. I love it for several reasons:1. It covered materials I was interested in, which I will explain later.2. I like the idea that the materials span 52 weeks, so that readers can focus on only one technique a week.3. The text per chapter is short so the message is clear.I am in my sixties, and have been fascinated by Churchill’s speeches since I was in my teens. I see his…

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