Writing for Big Results: Everything You Need to Write for Big Results in One Small Book

Writing for Big Results: Everything You Need to Write for Big Results in One Small Book

by M. Kay duPont

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780961492762
Publisher: Jedco Press
Publication date: 01/15/2008
Edition description: 1
Pages: 233
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author


M. Kay duPont is a writer, speaker, and communications coach. She has written three successful business books--"Don’t Let Your Participles Dangle in Public!," "Business Etiquette and Professionalism," and "Diversity in the Workplace: Communication is the Key." She is also a contributing author to "Chocolate For A Woman's Soul," which hit the USA Today Best Seller List.

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Why Do We Need To Learn To Communicate Better?     1
Are Grammar And Usage More Important Than Vocabulary?     2
Why Is Writing So Difficult For Some People?     3
Do The Rules Change?     3
Writing Style     7
What Is Style?     7
14 Pointers For Style     8
Guidelines For Bias-Free Communication     19
How Clear Is Your Writing?     23
Parts of Speech     25
Adjective     25
Adverb     26
Conjunction     26
Interjection     27
Noun     27
Preposition     27
Pronoun     27
Verb     28
Subject/Verb Agreement     28
Ways To Select The Correct Verb     28
Verb Tenses     30
Sentence Structure     35
What Is A Sentence?     35
Simple Sentence     37
Compound Sentence     38
Complex Sentence     38
Compound-Complex Sentence     38
Sentence Fragment     39
Run-On Sentence     40
Dangling Participles     41
Voice     43
When Are Passives Acceptable?     45
Parallelism     46
Sentence Length     48
Kay's Rule Of Max     48
Punctuation     49
Kay's Punctuation Light     51
Exclamation Point     53
Period     53
Semicolon     55
Question Mark     57
Colon     59
Comma     61
Dash     67
Ellipses     69
Parentheses     71
Brackets     73
Apostrophe     74
Asterisk     76
Hyphen     76
Quotation Marks     80
Underscore And Italics     84
Virgule (Slash, Diagonal)     86
Paragraph Structure     89
Common Sentence Bridges     91
Conciseness     93
List Of Simpler Words     95
Redundancy Reducer     98
Spelling     105
How Can We Learn To Spell Better?     105
Prefixes And Their Meanings     107
Suffixes And Their Meanings     109
Compounds (Hyphenated Words)     111
Tricky Words      114
Correctly Spelled Business Words     116
Word Usage     119
Confusing Words     120
Troublemakers     147
Personal Pronouns     147
Who/Whom     149
He/They     150
Self Words     150
Undefined Pronouns     151
Comparatives     153
Common Comparatives     155
Prepositional Idioms     156
Plurals     160
Possessives     165
Abbreviations     168
Capitalization     173
Numerals     179
Letter Styling     185
Left Block     185
Simplified     187
Modified     188
Semiblock     189
Parts of a Letter     190
Date     190
Reference Line     190
Mailing Instructions     191
On-Arrival Notations     191
Inside Address     191
Titles For Inside Address     192
Saluations     197
Titles For Salutations     197
Subject Line     199
Body     200
Signature Block      201
Folding Letters     204
Postal Regulations For Envelopes     205
Abbreviations For Street Designators And Words     207
State And Location Abbreviations     208
E-Mail Guidelines     209
Proofread Like a PRO     215
Proofreader's Marks     219
Glossary     221
Index     229

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