The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Well

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If you have trouble putting your thoughts down on paper, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Well has everything you need to know to make writing of any kind as easy as thinking or speaking. This guide gives expert advice on making your writing as clear and persuasive as possible, whether it's a thank-you note, a school paper, or an executive briefing. It provides easy-to-follow guidelines on structure, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, and style. You will find terrific tips on minimizing the time and energy ...

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Overview

If you have trouble putting your thoughts down on paper, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Well has everything you need to know to make writing of any kind as easy as thinking or speaking. This guide gives expert advice on making your writing as clear and persuasive as possible, whether it's a thank-you note, a school paper, or an executive briefing. It provides easy-to-follow guidelines on structure, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, and style. You will find terrific tips on minimizing the time and energy taken up by tasks like research, note-taking, and proofreading.

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What People Are Saying

Tess Gerritsen
...Whether you are drafting a business report or composing a letter to a friend, whether a novel burns inside you or a deadline looms for a college term paper, the lessons on these pages will help you nurture your own writing skills." --Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Gravity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028636948
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 1/12/2000
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 483,971
  • Product dimensions: 7.43 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Laurie E. Rozakis has published dozens of books, including Shaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Research Papers, Study Skills for the Utterly Confused, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Grammar and Style. She is a full professor of English and humanities at State University of New York at Farmingdale, and has taught English and research skills for more than 15 years.

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Table of Contents

Part 1
WRITE NOW
 
  1 Why Writing Matters
  2 The Write Way
  3 Pack the Essentials
  4 Words, Words, Words
  5 Clause and Effect
  6 Sentence Sense
  7 Paragraphs Plus
 
Part 2
THE WRITING PROCESS
 
  8 Write This Way
  9 A Place for Everything, and Everything in Its Place
10 Making Your Bones
11 Personal Best: Revising and Editing
 
Part 3
WRITE FOR SUCCESS
12 You Got Some 'Splaining to Do, Lucy: Exposition
13 Tell Me a Story: Narration
14 Why Not See It My Way?: Persuasion and Argumentation
15 Picture This: Description
16 Writing Across the Curriculum
 
Part 4
JUST SHOOT ME NOW: RESEARCH
PAPERS AND TERM PAPERS
17 Paper Chase
18 Seek and Ye Shall Find
19 Cast a Critical Eye
20 In the End Zone
 
Part 5
MORE BIG DEALS
21 In the Hot Seat: Writing Under Pressure
22 All the World's a Stage: Writing Speeches
23 Letter Perfect
24 Professional Edge: Writing on the Job
25 You've Got Mail!
 
Part 6
PICTURE PERFECT 
26 Grammer 101
27 Spelling Ace
28 Mark Me: Punctuation
29 A Capital Affair
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