pt. I. Foundations. From Colorado to Kansas: a writer's journey ; The principles of super-clarity pt. II. Creating organizational clarity. Applying principle 1: from logic to coherence ; Applying principle 2: the dangers of default organizations ; Applying principle 3: visible chunking pt. III. Writing for impact. Capturing your readers ; Writing effective introductions: making readers smart, attentive, and comfortable pt. IV. Creating "micro" clarity. Paragraphs: focus, flow, and emphasis ; Sentences: the wages of syntax ; Words, precision and brevity pt. V. The nuances of excellence. Style: grace, vitality, and character ; The art of persuasion ; Overcoming the Dr. Strangelove syndrome: editing yourself and others ; Letters, emails, memoranda, briefs, and judicial opinions pt. VI. Bringing it all together. Editing examples: applying the principles and techniques ; Summary: principles and techniques.