Flabby writing, says English Professor Helen Sword, is weighed down with passives, prepositions, be-verbs and waste words. So she's written her own slim book with tips for writers wanting to hone their craft. She's called it The Writer's Diet. Professor Sword is Director for the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education at the University of Auckland, and she's included excerpts from work of some students and academics in the book. Her TedEd talk on Zombie Nouns has been viewed 180,000 times. The Writer's Diet is published by Auckland University Press.
26 Apr 2015