Writing Solutions: Beginnings, Middles and Endings

Overview

Whether you are a novice writer, or an immediate journalism student; in a freshman English class; writing a speech, a technical report, advertising copy, or promotional or publicity material; beginning a magazine article or book; or working on any other writing project, you need to face the demands of that blank computer screen. You need to not only fill that blank screen, you need to begin your project effectively, introducing your subject to your reader with exactly the right beginning, and with confidence that...
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Overview

Whether you are a novice writer, or an immediate journalism student; in a freshman English class; writing a speech, a technical report, advertising copy, or promotional or publicity material; beginning a magazine article or book; or working on any other writing project, you need to face the demands of that blank computer screen. You need to not only fill that blank screen, you need to begin your project effectively, introducing your subject to your reader with exactly the right beginning, and with confidence that you are expressing the right tone and style.

Writing Solutions fills a universal gap -- this is a "generic" style book, if you will. It is deliberately not focused on journalism styles, nor focused for English 101 students, but is a style guide that can be used for all types of writing. It is also structured to be a self-help guide for writers who may not be enrolled in a college or university class. And it is also not too advanced for high school writing projects.

The more you know of technique, the easier everything becomes. The more styles of beginnings you know, the easier it is to conquer that blinking cursor on your blank computer screen. The more structures (middles) you know, the easier it is to use the right form and to move through your work. Choosing the right ending means the difference between letting your material just "dribble down the page" or ending with real emphasis or style.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780930751203
  • Publisher: New Century Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 13
Acknowledgments 15
Chapter 1
Beginnings: What They Are, What They Do 23
The Newspaper (Television & Radio) News Lead 27
The Statement Beginning 31
The Descriptive Beginning 36
The Narrative ("Action") Beginning 40
The Anecdote Beginning 47
The Multiple Anecdote Beginning 50
The "I" Beginning 54
The "You" Beginning 63
The Quotation Beginning 65
The Question Beginning 68
The Parody Beginning 72
The "Classified Ad" Beginning 79
The Paradoxical Beginning 83
The Comparison Or Contrast Beginning 90
The Literary Reference Beginning 93
The Simile Or Metaphor Beginning 101
The "False" Beginning 106
The "Memo To" Beginning 114
The "Dream" Beginning 117
The Historical Beginning 121
The Astonishing Beginning 126
The "Biographical Capsule" Beginning 131
The Mosaic Beginning 136
The Combination Beginning 139
The Unconventional Beginning 149
Instant Checklist For Beginnings 152
Chapter 2
Middles: Moving Through the Article 157
Transitional Signals 162
Four Key Story Structures 164
The Front-Page Newspaper or "Inverted Pyramid" Structure 165
The Diamond or News-Magazine Form 172
The Wall Street Journal Structure 199
Modified Forms 210
Chapter 3
14 Types of Effective Endings 220
The Summary Ending 222
The Descriptive Ending 224
The Anecdote Ending 228
The "I" Ending 230
The "You" Ending 232
The Quotation Ending 234
The Question Ending 236
The Parody Ending 238
The Literary Reference Ending 240
The Simile Or Metaphor Ending 243
The Editorial Ending 245
The Emotional Ending 247
The "Future" Ending 250
The Combination Ending 252
Instant Checklist For Endings 254
Selected Readings 258
References 259
Index 267
About the Author 278
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