How to Write Clearly: The Meaning Approach

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Looking for a refreshing and easy route to good writing? You'll find it here-the meaning approach. This common sense approach speaks clearly to writers from young teens to adults. Read and use the insights as you see fit in your own writing. There are no boring drills and assignments. How to link sentences to keep the readers with you, How following the story thread is better than "encyclopedia" fact writing, How to solve most comma problems without grammar rules, How to write with verbs instead of nouns to perk ...

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Overview

Looking for a refreshing and easy route to good writing? You'll find it here-the meaning approach. This common sense approach speaks clearly to writers from young teens to adults. Read and use the insights as you see fit in your own writing. There are no boring drills and assignments. How to link sentences to keep the readers with you, How following the story thread is better than "encyclopedia" fact writing, How to solve most comma problems without grammar rules, How to write with verbs instead of nouns to perk up your prose, Numerous other techniques that make sense.

This book contrasts with much of today's teaching on how to write, which is ineffective and deadening to students. Here we explain the historical roots of that old system so you can confidently move to the meaning system. A bonus chapter gives a history of how English language came to us.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880620260
  • Publisher: Mott Media (MI)
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 83
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     v
Message     1
Pre-Planning     1
Finding your topic
Beginning to organize
Outlining
An idea germ
Finding your way
Writing     7
A story thread
A good opening
Point of view
Abstract and concrete
Defining words
Sentences     19
What Is a Sentence?     19
Definitions
How to Link Sentences     21
Linking with words
Linking with however
Linking with phrases or sentences
Linking with echoes
Linkage and organization
Solving Comma Problems     28
Commas the easy way
Commas for smooth reading
Commas to avoid misreading
Commas for emphasis
Commas by grammar
Doctoring Sentences     35
Active and passive
Rhythm and sound
Sick sentences
Parallelism
Words     45
Choosing Words     45
Denotation and connotation
Tone
Metaphor pictures
Verb pictures
Adjective pictures
Moving and Changing Words     51
Wandering words
Hidden verbs
Excess words
Redundant words
Accidental words
Long words
Pesky pronouns
Infinitives
Correct usage
Fingerprints on writing
How English Language Came to Us     67
On the continent
In England
French influence
Latin influence
Grammar Glossary     75
Index     81
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