The Little Red Writing Book

The Little Red Writing Book

by Brandon Royal


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582975214
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 07/06/2007
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 113,964
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Brandon Royal works as a test-prep instructor and admissions coach for the US-based Kaplan education centers in Hong Kong. He is the author of 88 Great MBA Application Tips and Strategies and Ace the GMAT.

Table of Contents

1.Write With a Top-Down Approach8
2.Break Things Down14
3.Use Transition Words17
4.Employ the Six Basic Writing Structures22
5.Keep Like Things Together29
6.Support What You Say33
7.Personalize Examples45
8.Keep It Simple52
9.Cut Down Long Sentences55
10.Eliminate Needless Words58
11.Gain Active Power64
12.Favor Verbs, Not Nouns68
13.Always Use Parallel Forms71
14.Capitalize on Sentence Variety77
15.Choose an Appropriate Tone81
16.Capitalize on Layout and Design86
17.Employ Readability Tools89
18.Consider Using Headings and Headlines92
19.Keep Your Writing Gender Neutral95
20.Go Back and Rework Your Writing98
30Rules of Grammar101
Using Correct Grammatical Idioms127
A Few Highlights on Correct Punctuation131
Appendix 1.Overview of Principles and Rules138
Appendix 2.American vs. British English143
Appendix 3.Latin Abbreviations144
Appendix 4.Exercise Answers145

What People are Saying About This

Ray Turner

Writing guides and handbooks fall into roughly two categories: Some are long, comprehensive, and, except for the extremely punctilious writer, unfathomable; a few are direct, useful, and ideal for serious writers who would rather write than spend hours finding the rules for semicolons. In the latter category falls Brandon Royal's brilliant The Little Red Writing Book. The articulate exposition of his twenty principles of writing and thirty rules of grammar fit neatly into 159 short, accessible pages, pages undoubtedly well thumbed by thousands of grateful writers for years. Built carefully and simply around the categories of structure, style, readability and grammar, Mr. Royal's little book will satisfy both the sit-down-and-read-all-about-it reader and the frustrated-fly-by-and-check-something-quickly writer. I recommend this wonder to all my writing students. Perhaps one day writing committees will wisely follow suit and make this a primary text for all writing courses at their schools. (Ray Turner, B.A., MA (Communications),
writing instructor and former Educational Administrator,
Corpus Christi TX, USA)

Ann Schade

If there were ever a time when this reviewer recalled with gratitude the diligence and thoroughness of her writing teachers, it was while reviewing this book. The mechanics of expository writing, which many of us take for granted, are presented in an organized, attractive package that will serve the basic writing needs of students and professionals alike. Royal provides not only numerous examples of the principles of written English but exercises as well, with answers for those wishing to master the basics. He includes tips on gender-neutral composition and on structuring written documents. Borders and flourishes enliven the text and make the book as charming as its title. This handy reference, similar to Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, could only have been improved by the inclusion of a glossary and a general index. Recommended for high school, college, and writing collections. (Ann Schade,
The Library Journal of America,
Publishers Weekly's On-Line Review)

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The Little Red Writing Book 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Avoid needless words,' say Strunk & White in 'The Elements of Style'. Many reference books for writers break this rule immediately. Brandon Royal manages to keep his 'Little Red Writing Book' concise. A handsome hardcover book with illustrations that take away some of the tedium present in plain texts. I heartily recommend it
sgins More than 1 year ago
Over the course of my lifetime, I come to realize that I misuse words. I wanted to get a "cliff note" version of the basics, and this book is it. Easy to read chapters, examples and little "quizzes" help get my grammar back up to speed. I would recommend this book for people in high school, college or any one else who needs a friendly refresher on the English Language.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Little Red Writing Book is simply one of the best books published on the topic of writing. Brandon Royal's handy book is perfect for students, professionals, and others who want to improve their writing skills. Royal's text is also an excellent reference guide if you want to brush up on grammatical and style rules that you may have forgotten in the years after your formal education. Overall, the Little Red Writing book is one of the most useful texts I have used for essay writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The latest book from educational author, Brandon Royal, is sure to please anyone who wants to write well. The lavishly presented hardcover book invites students and others to be drawn into its pages of rules and tips. If you are looking for a timeless gift for anyone who writes, this is the book. Charts, examples and exercises make the Little Red Writing Book an essential addition to any writing collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They say you can't judge a book by its cover. But the material inside this book is every bit the equal of its beautiful covering. Bravo. I toast the author and his publisher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Helpful for any student of ESL or other kind of English classes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this guide! It was written in such a way that anyone could understand. It is short, but also to the point. I think everyone would find this guide useful!
Bobby_Lewis More than 1 year ago
An excellent and quick read. I recommend it.
GhostWriter_Remy More than 1 year ago
This book was a Great book, VERY helpful in my opinion I give it *****