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How do you start a piece of writing? How do you edit one? And what can be done to combat those pesky—and paralyzing—feelings of perfectionism that often derail our most important sentences and paragraphs?

This sixth volume of the Syntax of Sports series creatively uses the language of baseball, football, tennis, and many other sports to explore these questions. Based on a popular course at the University of Michigan, it captures the energy, originality, and discipline - crossing insights that make its author, Professor Patrick Barry, such a sought-after teacher and presenter.

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Ann Arbor, MI


writing, reading, good sentences, sports and writing, proofreading, editing


Reading and Language | Technical and Professional Writing


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ISBN 978-1-60785-861-4 (paper)
ISBN 978-1-60785-862-1 (OA)

Syntax of Sports Class 6: Drafting and Editing