This is a small, short book that will so heavily impact your writing…no, scratch that.
It was the best of sentences, it was the worst of sentences. is a small book that will impact your writing.
Yes, much better.
If you don’t recognize the second sentence is better than the first – you may not understand why it is, but if you recognize it is – this book is a necessity.
If you do understand, you’ve probably read this book.
I didn’t write “…don’t recognize that the second sentence…” because It was the best of sentences, it was the worst of sentences. teaches lots about when to use that. I didn’t write “…probably already read…” because it also teaches lots about flabby speech and misuse of adverbs.
And how to subordinate for effect, such as “If you…”
And lots more, all with examples.
Casagrande’s mantra is “Write for the Reader.” Writers who say they write to please themselves first miss the point (almost wrote “are missing the point”); they write for a one-reader audience (rewrote that clause three times). Write to be read. Start with one reader, get more by developing your writing. (a missing conjunction, fix it (she demonstrates how)).
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