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If you hate having to sit down and write that class assignment, you'll change your mind when you open this entertaining and instructive book. It's filled with ideas on how you can express your thoughts clearly, enliven your writing with vivid images, and avoid the dull passive voice. Soon, you'll be constructing smooth sentences that flow together into lively themes which are fun to write and entertaining for others to read. As you ...

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Overview

Really. This isn't going to hurt at all ...

If you hate having to sit down and write that class assignment, you'll change your mind when you open this entertaining and instructive book. It's filled with ideas on how you can express your thoughts clearly, enliven your writing with vivid images, and avoid the dull passive voice. Soon, you'll be constructing smooth sentences that flow together into lively themes which are fun to write and entertaining for others to read. As you progress through this book, you'll also enjoy answering the "Brain Tickler" quizzes that will keep you amused while they help you improve your writing style.

For Middle School and High School Students

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Is there a young student in your life struggling with writing assignments? Painless Writing uses exercises, quizzes, and puzzles to prove that writing can be fun -- and not as hard to master as you may think!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764118104
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Painless Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 Clean Up Preposition Clutter 1

Preposition Overuse Ruins Your Style 3

Identifying Prepositions 4

Five Steps to Eliminating Unnecessary Prepositions 9

Applying the Five-Step Process 27

Chapter 2 Spice Up Your Writing 33

Dull Words Mean Dull Writing 35

Identifying Those Hard-Working Verbs 36

Selecting Action Verbs 50

Chapter 3 Silence the Passive Voice 57

The Passive Voice Robs Your Writing of Energy 59

Recognizing and Changing the Passive Voice 61

When the Passive Voice Is Necessary 67

Putting It All Together 72

What About Writing a Scientific Paper? 74

Chapter 4 Reduce Nominalizations and Activate Your Writing 77

Nominalizations Exposed! 79

Writing Situations That Create Unnecessary Nominalizations 86

Applying the Technique 91

Necessary Nominalization Situations 96

Chapter 5 Smooth Out Your Writing 99

Confronting Choppy Writing 101

Smooth Your Writing by Linking Your Sentences 107

Using Relative Pronouns 115

Using Semicolons 117

Transitioning Paragraphs 118

Keep Your Writing Flowing 124

Chapter 6 Harness the Power of the Comma 125

Polishing Your Writing with Commas 127

Growing Beyond the Simple Sentence 129

Three Methods for Creating Sophisticated Sentences 131

Chapter 7 Add Rhythm to Your Writing 149

Change Your Pace to Keep Them Reading 151

Vary Sentence Length 152

Fragments Can Create Rhythm 157

Avoid Sentences Written in the Same Form 159

Paragraphs Create Rhythm Too 166

Chapter 8 Gremlins in Your Writing 171

Repeat Offenders 173

The Top Ten Gremlins 173

You Have Style, Substance, and Grace 188

Chapter 9 Create a Template for Your Term Paper 189

The Framework for Success191

The Power Template 193

It's Up to You! 207

Appendix-Further Reading 209

Brain Ticklers-The Answers 211

Index 243

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