Writing: Plain & Simple

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"Writing is NOT some God-given gift to a few exceptionally intelligent human beings. Writing is a process, and like all processes, there are steps and techniques that can help you learn it. By breaking the process down into simpler, more understandable steps, you can get a better idea of what is expected at each step. It's like trying to eat a sixteen-ounce steak. If you try to eat it in one big bite, you will probably choke. However, if you cut that steak up into manageable bites, it is much easier to eat. With writing, if you look at an essay ...

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Overview

"Writing is NOT some God-given gift to a few exceptionally intelligent human beings. Writing is a process, and like all processes, there are steps and techniques that can help you learn it. By breaking the process down into simpler, more understandable steps, you can get a better idea of what is expected at each step. It's like trying to eat a sixteen-ounce steak. If you try to eat it in one big bite, you will probably choke. However, if you cut that steak up into manageable bites, it is much easier to eat. With writing, if you look at an essay as a whole and think you can't do it, you will get stressed. Get rid of that stress by learning to see the essay (or even a paragraph) as a series of simple steps, each one by itself easy to master."

Written in an accessible, easy to understand style, Writing: Plain & Simple demystifies the writing process so that students not only learn how to write a college essay now, but will have the skills necessary for their writing in the future.

Features include:

Units in the book cover the entire writing process from prewriting to writing and revision

Additional topics covered include types of persuasion, achieving coherence, and responding effectively to writing prompts

Appendices with a revision checklist, comma rules, and more

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934302712
  • Publisher: Texas State Technical College Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 103
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

George Wilhite has been a professional, published writer for nearly thirty years and is now Chair of the English Department at Texas State Technical College, Waco, Texas. He teaches developmental English at Baylor University and was the founder of the Waco Writers Workshop at McLennan County Community. For the past fifteen years, his specialty has been developmental writing.

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Table of Contents

Preface v

Introduction: Before You Write 1

Unit 1 Prewriting 5

Unit 2 Organization of An Essay 15

Unit 3 Thesis Statements 21

Unit 4 Using the Thesis Statement to Organize Your Essay 25

Unit 5 Planning the Rough Draft 27

Unit 6 Achieving Coherence & Unity 31

Unit 7 Persuasion 37

Unit 8 The Conclusion 41

Unit 9 Writing the Final Draft 45

Unit 10 Proofreading & Editing 47

Appendix A Top 10 Mistakes 51

Fragments 52

Run-Ons 54

Comma Splices 55

Spelling 56

Pronoun Problems 59

Point of View Shifts 62

Verb Tense Shifts 63

Subject Verb Agreement 65

Introductory Elements 68

Commonly Confused Words 72

Appendix B Revision Checklist 75

Appendix C The Revision Process In Action 77

Appendix D Whilhite's Comma Rules 79

Appendix E Essay Organization Template 81

About the Author 89

About TSTC Publishing 91

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