Best book to learn how to write professionally and self-edit my own work
November 5, 2013 7:11 AM Subscribe
Recent job opportunity came up, and I have the chance to write semi-professionally for a small company. Think in the vein of writing movie reviews or reviewing software. Its professional writing, but there will be conceptual and thematic details involved, it's not simply writing staid copy.
I would like to find a book that helps me hone my prose, and will teach me how to better edit and improve my work.
posted by cascando to writing & language (5 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Hopefully this book will include example paragraphs, and then show how the author identifies flaws, then shapes and hones these paragraphs into solid prose. I not only need to learn how to improve my writing, but improve my self-editing skills as well. I find "watching" an author improve passages to be an excellent way to learn.
My last writing experience was in university, a long, long time ago. Any and all advice and references to books I could look up would be of a great help.
Thank you for your suggestions.