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How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide
     

How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide

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by Laura Brown
 

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A practical guide to everything you’ll ever need to write—at work, at school, and in your personal life.
With more than two hundred how-to entries and easy-to-use models organized into three comprehensive sections on work, school, and personal life, How to Write Anything covers a wide range of topics that make it an essential guide for the whole

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A practical guide to everything you’ll ever need to write—at work, at school, and in your personal life.
With more than two hundred how-to entries and easy-to-use models organized into three comprehensive sections on work, school, and personal life, How to Write Anything covers a wide range of topics that make it an essential guide for the whole family. You want your boss to fund a special project. How can you write a persuasive email that will win his approval? It's time to apply to college. How can you write an essay that will stand out? The mother of one of your co-workers has died. What's the best way to express your condolences?
Grounded in a common-sense approach, friendly and supportive, How to Write Anything is Internet-savvy, with advice throughout about choosing the most appropriate medium for your message: e-mail or pen and paper. At once a how-to, a reference book, and a pioneering guide for writing in a changing world, this is the only writing resource you'll ever need.

Editorial Reviews

author of The Writing Workshop Note Book Alan Ziegler
“To author a book called How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide, you have to be foolish, delusional, or be Laura Brown, who pulls it off with grace and wisdom. Brown provides readers with an overview of the writing process—the infrastructure on which all writing is built—and specific strategies for hundreds of situations. Of course, eventually writers have to face each task alone, but they will be well-equipped thanks to Laura Brown.”
Mary Olson
“How to Write Anything is the first book I've seen that addresses the very core of writing for today's digital communications channels. The lessons in this book are for everybody.”
Bernd Schmitt
“An invaluable guide. If your job or your business depends on delivering clear messages with impact, you need this book.”
Michael Snell
“Laura Brown has written the ultimate guide for anyone who needs to create clear, concise, and compelling written communications. Students, business people, and even seasoned professional writers should keep it handy, right between their dictionary and thesaurus.”
Robert C. Daugherty
“Laura Brown's ability as a writing coach is unparalleled, and How to Write Anything offers the best of her guidance on business writing. Laura has a gift for helping business writers focus, refine, and develop their ideas, and express those ideas in a compelling way. Whether you are a CEO or a first-time manager, How to Write Anything will help you craft your message for the highest possible impact.”
Roger Marheine
“As a writing instructor of over thirty years, I know full well the demands upon young writers. Laura Brown answers the tough questions on how to get started, how to craft tone for a target readership, how to develop succinct content, and how to master argumentation.”
author ofThe Writing WorkshopNote Book AlanZiegler
“To author a book called How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide, you have to be foolish, delusional, or be Laura Brown, who pulls it off with grace and wisdom. Brown provides readers with an overview of the writing process—the infrastructure on which all writing is built—and specific strategies for hundreds of situations. Of course, eventually writers have to face each task alone, but they will be well-equipped thanks to Laura Brown.”
Library Journal
02/01/2014
Patrons who are unsure of the appropriate and comforting words for a note of condolence, the enthusiastic and confident tone of a cover letter, or the professional content of a press release will find significant help in this title, which covers writing from interpretative essays to job advertisements and athletes' résumés. Brown provides directions, outlines, and examples of effective writing and invaluable "dos" and "don'ts," accompanied by samples of letters "like this" and "not like this." Equally helpful are specific reasons for not using certain styles, tones, and words. Chapters one and two concentrate on the writing process—brainstorming, organizing, understanding your purpose, revising your words, etc. Subsequent chapters cover writing projects in one's personal life, at school, and at work. The kind and variety of the writing are impressive: a thank-you note, an obituary, a birth announcement, a complaint, an editorial, a personal blog, a research paper, a literature review, an internship letter, etc. Unlike Paula LaRocque's The Book on Writing, this title does not cover creative writing, nor does it include grammatical or word usage particulars. VERDICT A useful handbook for anyone who writes occasionally but especially for those who write often and with a variety of needs.—M.S. Lary, San Bernardino, CA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-09
An enthusiastic writing coach offers practical support. In this upbeat self-help book, Brown gives advice for putting words together effectively and efficiently. She covers hundreds of different tasks, from resignation letters to classified ads, obituaries to wedding vows, Twitter posts to press releases. Her "proven process" takes the form of a spinner whose arrow points to one of six words indicating stages in the writing process: purpose, reader, brainstorm, organize, draft, revise. Writing rarely proceeds in a linear fashion, she writes, and she encourages writers to start anywhere: "You can start by brainstorming. You can start by writing an outline. You can start by drafting….The real key to success is not going through these six steps in any particular order but simply in ensuring that you've touched all these bases at least once." For most of the writing tasks she considers, Brown shows both successful and unsuccessful samples. Weak pieces fail to consider the writer's goals, have little sense of a reader's needs, unintentionally convey a negative or hostile attitude, or use vague generalizations rather than concrete details. Although she doesn't cover grammar, Brown insists that every piece of writing needs to be proofread—even emails. Up-to-the-minute sections cover personal blog entries, online reviews and Facebook status updates. The section on writing at school seems more appropriate to high school assignments than the analytical and critical essays required in college classes. More helpful is advice on how to write a high school work resume and an internship application letter, tasks that students often find daunting. The author brings considerable experience as a business-writing consultant to a section on writing at work, including Power Point presentations, minutes, job descriptions, cover letters and candidate rejection letters. Besides hints for language, content and organization, she reminds readers of the legal consequences of what they put in writing. Brown's concrete, common-sense approach makes this book a useful reference.
Entertainment Weekly
“Now, this is a reference book worth owning! Brown offers crisp, succinct advice on how to write better complaint letters, business emails, apology notes, and much more. Especially helpful are the visual "Do" and "Don't" charts next to each example.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393240146
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/14/2014
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
289,499
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.80(d)

Meet the Author

Laura Brown, PhD, has taught writing to just about everyone—from corporate executives to high school students. Her expertise encompasses instructor-led training, individual coaching, classroom teaching, and e-learning development. She has more than twenty-five years’ experience providing training and coaching in business writing, and she has also taught composition and literature at Columbia University. She lives in New York.

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How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
With the prevalence of texting and email with its abbreviated spelling, the art of writing is for many young people an unknown reality. Laura Brown has provided a guide to almost every type of writing that will be required by a student, worker or any individual needing to communicate in correct and appropriate form. Section I and II address the need to have a clear purpose and knowledge of one’s audience when communicating, including the need to revise over and over again so that one conveys a professional stance. These chapters often address the issue of not writing for and to one’s self but the need to know your audience with their needs and skills and to write toward a very specific person or group. The issue of knowing when to place a telephone call and when to write is also addressed, as well as the courtesy that is essential even in IMs and email messages. The text then takes the reader through all those life events that the majority of us experience over the years such as introductions, announcements, condolences, love letter (yes, even that), obituaries, weddings, births, baby showers, personal letters to neighbors, letters to oppose parking tickets, notes to teachers, etc., etc. The next section is so necessary, even though readers may wrongly assume these skills are taught in school, and include how to take notes, make an outline, and write summaries, research papers and essays in the different forms that different subjects require. This is followed by just about every type of letter one would need to write in the business environment and when seeking a job or a promotion. Examples of both the do’s and don’ts of each type of writing are very helpful parts within each section. Essential and important rules are highlighted in shaded grey boxes and circular graphs are included to assist one in progressing through different steps in each process. Correct grammar and punctuation complete the package. While this might not seem like endearing reading, it is a fascinating, comprehensive collection of fine writing in every imaginable form. This should be a staple text for every family – very nicely done, Laura Brown!!!
AddieHH More than 1 year ago
Brown's book takes the anxiety out of a wide variety of tasks, from writing thank-you notes to constructing college essays and blog posts. Ever delayed sending a card, letter, or message because you don't know what to say or are afraid of saying the wrong thing? If so, this is the book for you. Comprehensive, professional, even witty (see the section on writing fan letters), it's an excellent resource. Recommended particularly for students heading off to college.
BLUEFISH99 More than 1 year ago
What a brilliant boo,k I loved it, it covers a wide spectrum of topics, provides easy to use models for, work, school and home life, even down to projects. Its has to be one of a kind as I have never seen a book like this,it uses common sense, complete guide, friendly supportive, internet friendly, covers writing email,. pen, paper, basically everything you could ever want rolled into one book.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED A MUST READ