How to Write

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How to Write is an introductory guide to writing, aimed at people who think they can't write, or for whom writing is an ordeal. Broken down into short topic-based chapters on everything from beginning to revising, it demystifies the writing process by taking the reader through each stage necessary to bring a piece of writing to a decent finish. The book also offers a wealth of invaluable practical considerations, including when and where to write, when to printout and when to edit onscreen, what type of pen works...

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Overview

How to Write is an introductory guide to writing, aimed at people who think they can't write, or for whom writing is an ordeal. Broken down into short topic-based chapters on everything from beginning to revising, it demystifies the writing process by taking the reader through each stage necessary to bring a piece of writing to a decent finish. The book also offers a wealth of invaluable practical considerations, including when and where to write, when to printout and when to edit onscreen, what type of pen works well for revisions, and the hazards of the paperclip. The author is a seasoned writer whose encouraging but uncompromising guidance will delight as well as instruct.
Offering practical advice in a lucid, no-nonsense style, How to Write will be ideal for both students and professional people who need to write during the course of their work.

Topic areas include:

· How to begin, including prep work, producing drafts, and making outlines

· Sentence construction, including word order, punctuation, and use of metaphors

· Paragraph construction, including types of paragraphs, readability, and size reduction

· Tips on research and using reference works

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KLIATT - Paula Rohrlick
This guide for upper-level students and professional people breaks down writing into its various stages, with 25 short chapters on beginning, drafts, outlines, paragraphs, word order, punctuation, quotation, and so on. Fowler, a British professor of English, offers succinct advice and clear examples, taken from writers ranging from Walter de la Mare to Martin Amis and Barbara Kingsolver. The table of contents and index will help users quickly locate the information they need, which is useful since only teachers of English are likely to read this through cover-to-cover. Still, Fowler's comments on topics ranging from political correctness to font size are practical and well explained, and this brief, readable treatise will help motivated students learn to express their thoughts better.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199278503
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/12/2007
  • Pages: 212
  • Sales rank: 987,313
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 4.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alastair Fowler is Regius Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. Other books include A History of English Literature and contributions to The Future of Literary Theory.

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Table of Contents

1. Pen and Computer
2. Material Reading
3. Beginning
4. Drafts
5. Outlines
6. Paragraphs
7. Paragraph Types
8. Arguments
9. Signposts
10. Sentences
11. Word Order
12. Punctuation
13. Quotation
14. Originality
15. Readers
16. Words
17. Metaphors
18. Performing and Concurrence
19. Revising
20. Correctness
21. Reducing
22. Research, Hard and Soft
23. Reference Books
24. Practicalities Recapitulation Further Reading

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