How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide

How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide

by Laura Brown
How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide

How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide

by Laura Brown


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“There has never been a guide as comprehensive as this to writing in all its forms. . . . Useful, clear and encyclopedic, this book is an essential guide for every household.”—Examiner

Need to know how to format your résumé for that job application? How do you write a cover letter that will stand out? Wondering how to request a letter of recommendation for graduate school? Trying to craft a get-well note that will really help? How informal is too informal when instant messaging in the office? What do you write on the website for your small business? What should you say in a wedding invitation? Or a divorce announcement?

With over 200 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393355185
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Laura Brown, PhD, has taught writing to just about everyone—from corporate executives to college students—in her thirty years as a business writing coach. The author of The Only Business Writing Book You'll Ever Need and How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide, she lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Section I The writing process 3

Chapter 1 You can write anything 5

Chapter 2 Finding your process 7

Understand Your Purpose 7

Understand Your Reader 9

Brainstorm Your Content 11

Organize 14

Draft 16

Revise 17

Speed and the Spinner 21

Section II E-Writing and the technology revolution 23

Chapter 3 Choose your weapon 25

To Write or Not to Write 25

If You Write 27

What about the Future? 30

Chapter 4 The process of e-writing 32

Is Your Purpose Clear to You and Your Reader? 33

Is Your Message Tailored to Your Reader? 34

Revise, Revise, Revise 35

Make It a Habit 43

Section III The entries 45

Writing in your personal life 45

The Basics 47

Announcement 47

Invitation 56

Congratulations 65

Thank-You Note 70

Apology 78

Holiday Family Newsletter 83

Love Letter 87

Fan Letter 91

Personal Journal 94

Get-Well Note 96

Obituary 101

Condolence Letter 105

Eulogy 112

Weddings and Births 117

Engagement Announcement 117

Wedding Invitation 120

Wedding Toast 129

Wedding Vows 131

Wedding Announcement 135

Wedding Congratulations 135

Wedding Thank-You 136

Birth Announcement 141

Baby Shower Invitation 144

Baby Gift Thank-You 145

Personal Business 149

Complaint 149

Letter to a Neighbor 156

Letter about Jury Duty 161

Letter to Fight a Parking Ticket 164

Note to Your Child's Teacher 168

Note on the Windshield 172

Note to Recover Lost Property 174

Classified Ad and Online Auction Listing 176

Receipt 180

Community Life 183

Editorial 183

Letter to the Editor 187

Fund-raising Letter 190

Appeal for Volunteers 194

Instructions 198

Note to a House Sitter, Babysitter, or Pet Sitter 198

Recipe 203

Social Media 210

Personal Blog 210

Online Review 213

Facebook Status Update 218

Twitter 219

Writing at school 223

The Basics 225

Note Taking 225

Outline 229

Summary 237

Annotated Bibliography 240

Research Paper 243

Presentation 254

Exam Essay Question 257

Core Writing Assignments 261

Personal Essay 266

Process Description Essay 273

Compare and Contrast Essay 277

Argumentative Essay 282

Interpretive Essay 292

Writing in the Sciences and Social Sciences 300

Science Project Logbook or journal 300

Lab Report 304

Literature Review 309

History Essay 312

Writing in the Arts 322

Art Review 322

Performance Review 327

Book Review 332

Other Forms of Academic Writing 337

College or Scholarship Application Essay 337

Request for Recommendation 347

E-mail to Teacher or Professor 351

Academic Rèsumè 356

Recruiting Letter 361

Athletic Rèsumè/Athletic Profile

Internship Letter 370

School Newspaper 373

Writing at work 379

The Basics 381

Business E-mail 381

Request/Inquiry 386

Instant Message 389

Business Letter 391

Memo 394

Business Apology 397

Business Bio 403

Speech 408

PowerPoint Presentation 412

Questionnaire 418

Message of Introduction 423

Message of Commendation 425

Letter of Recommendation 428

Agenda 432

Business Meeting Announcement 435

Minutes 437

The Job Search and Human Resources 442

Job Description 442

Job Advertisement 446

Cover Letter for Résumé 449

Resume 454

Interview Follow-Up 464

Job Candidate Rejection Letter 468

Job Offer Letter 471

Letter Accepting a job Offer 476

Letter Declining a job Offer 478

Letter Withdrawing from the Job Search 481

Performance Review 483

Resignation Letter 490

Termination Letter 494

Promotion and Public Relations 498

Brochure 498

Newsletter Article 504

Press Release 507

Testimonial 511

Website Copy 515

Business Blog 520

Facebook Status Update 524

Twitter 529

Reports 533

Basic Report Format 533

Transmittal 535

Executive Summary 537

Incident Report 539

Sales and Billing 542

Sales Letter 542

Sales Proposals 548

Invoice 552

Collection Letters 556

Acknowledgments 561

About the author 563

Contributors 564

Index 573

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