Writing from Start to Finish: A Six-Step Guide

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Ideal for writing a short story, essay, review, or report, this guide provides beginning writers with the hands-on direction they need to improve their writing techniques and ability. Using a six-step approach to writing, this resource covers brainstorming ideas, choosing a topic, outlining, drafting, revising, and editing. The tone is casual, the advice is straightforward, and the whole approach makes writing a skill that anyone can learn. Illustrations reinforce the ideas visually and help to break up the text...
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Overview


Ideal for writing a short story, essay, review, or report, this guide provides beginning writers with the hands-on direction they need to improve their writing techniques and ability. Using a six-step approach to writing, this resource covers brainstorming ideas, choosing a topic, outlining, drafting, revising, and editing. The tone is casual, the advice is straightforward, and the whole approach makes writing a skill that anyone can learn. Illustrations reinforce the ideas visually and help to break up the text into bite-sized chunks. An example section with worked examples of two kinds of writing—a creative writing piece and an essay—takes readers through the six steps, so they can watch writing develop from a blank page to a finished piece. Ideal for high school students but also appropriate for writers of all ages, this book also includes tips on user-friendly grammar, a table of different types of text, and a quick night-before-the-exam summary.
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“Can help you knock out writers block.”  —Boston Herald

Boston Herald
Can help you knock out writers block.
KLIATT
Australia's Kate Grenville is an accomplished novelist and teacher of writing. She has also authored The Writing Book and Making Stories. She begins her latest book by acknowledging that writing may be hard but that it is also a skill that everyone can improve with practice. Her approach is best summarized by two statements that are highlighted in the margin of her Introduction: "Writing evolves, it doesn't just arrive" and "Write first, judge later." Grenville breaks down the writing process into six steps: Getting Ideas, Choosing, Outlining, Drafting, Revising, and Editing. This process is applicable to both imaginative writing and essay writing. The pattern of the text is to provide chapters for each step that include information about the step, an example of the step, and a "doing it" section where the reader applies what has been learned. This logical organization makes it easy for the reader to find those parts of the text that deal with the type of assignment the student might be facing as well as the particular part of the writing process in which the student might need help. At the end of the text, there is a section of "Other Useful Stuff" that includes summary information on different types of writing, a user-friendly grammar guide, and an application of the six-step process to writing during an exam. The layout of the text effectively uses charts, marginal hints, checklists, diagrams, and illustrations. That the author applies all of the steps to writing one short story and one essay is a plus. Readers are more apt to get the feeling of the process by observing how Grenville moves through each of the steps for the same assignment rather than using different examples for eachstep. This text would work best with junior high students, underclassmen on the secondary level, and struggling upperclassmen. Teachers should find the simplified approach easy to adapt to their own classroom needs. Category: Literature & Language Arts. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Allen & Unwin, dist. by Independent Publishers Group, 216p. illus. bibliog. index., , Elmira, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781865085142
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,367,795
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Kate Grenville is the author of The Writing Book and six acclaimed novels, including Lilian’s Story, Joan Makes History, and The Idea of Perfection, winner of the Orange Prize.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Writing Assignments 1
Step 1 Getting Ideas 9
Step 2 Choosing 47
Step 3 Outlining 67
Step 4 Drafting 103
Step 5 Revising 135
Step 6 Editing 165
Other useful stuff 189
Bibliography 212
Acknowledgements 213
Index 214
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