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Renovating Your Writing: Shaping Ideas into Clear, Concise, and Compelling Messages



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Debuting in its first edition, Renovating Your Writingoutlines the principles of effective composition and then engages the reader with constant revision and editing practices to improve writing skills at school, work, and home. This enlightening brief text provides readers with unique strategies, tactics, and tips needed to improve their ability to critique and self-revise their work. Kallan introduces and emphasizes to readers the difference between the actof writing and the informed practiceof writing.

Table of Contents

Strategies, Tactics, and Tipsp. 1
Rethinking Your Thoughts About Writingp. 3
The Writing Process: Separating Fact from Fictionp. 4
Most People Think They Should Like Writingp. 4
Most People Think They Can Improve Their Writing Skills by Simply Reading More and Writing Morep. 4
Most People Think Their Writing Will Be Read by an Ideal Audiencep. 5
Your Writing: Separating Fact from Fictionp. 6
Most People Think They Write Better Than They Dop. 6
Most People Think They Can Develop Strong Writing Skills with Less Effort and Time Than Necessaryp. 7
Streamlining Your Writingp. 9
Adopt the Runt of the (Word) Litterp. 9
Ration Long Sentencesp. 12
Write Very Tightly Without Verbosityp. 17
Exercisesp. 25
Constructing Sentencesp. 27
Get to the Point, Todayp. 27
Start with Active Actorsp. 28
Avoid Verby Nounsp. 32
Play Nicep. 34
Qualify Sensiblyp. 34
Treat Others Fairlyp. 35
Recognize That Women Existp. 36
Exercisesp. 38
Constructing Paragraphs and Pagesp. 41
State Your Purpose Like You Meanp. 41
Build Them (Paragraphs) Right and They (Readers) Will Comep. 46
Bottomline Your Main Ideas or Main Argumentsp. 46
Organize Evidence into Piles and Subpilesp. 49
Embrace Your Outlinep. 54
Drive Home Your Message: Format Your Documentp. 60
Rely on Headings and Subheadingsp. 61
Befriend Bullets and Numbersp. 65
Choose a Typefacep. 67
Exercisesp. 68
Fortifying Sentences, Paragraphs, and Pagesp. 71
Check Out Your Audiencep. 71
Shepherd Your Sentencesp. 74
Rally Around the Topic Sentencep. 74
Worry Not About Lengthp. 77
Smooth the Rough Edgesp. 78
Strategize Your Casep. 83
Strategize Persuasive Messagesp. 83
Strategize Informative Messagesp. 88
Revise How You Revise: A Final Notep. 93
Exercisesp. 95
Additional Toolsp. 97
Punctuation Unmaskedp. 99
Why, Is Punctuation; So/Importantp. 99
Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Pointsp. 100
Periodsp. 100
Question Marksp. 101
Exclamation Pointsp. 101
Commas, Semicolons, and Colonsp. 102
Commasp. 102
Semicolonsp. 107
Colonsp. 109
Apostrophesp. 110
Double and Single Quotation Marksp. 111
Ellipses and Slashesp. 114
Ellipsesp. 114
Slashesp. 117
Dashes, Parentheses, and Bracketsp. 117
Dashesp. 117
Parenthesesp. 119
Bracketsp. 120
Writing Nonobnoxious Professional and Personal E-mailsp. 121
Why You Are Not Always Read: Rating Your Readabilityp. 125
Finding Your Fog lndexsm Scorep. 125
Putting the Fog Indexsm Scale to Workp. 126
Original Fog Indexsm Score: 22.3p. 126
Revised Fog lndexsm Score: 8.1p. 127
Original Fog lndexsm Score: 27.2p. 127
Revised Fog Indexsm Score: 7p. 127
Original Fog lndexsm Score: 17.2p. 127
Revised Fog lndexsm Score: 8.7p. 128
Learning to Write Cogentlyp. 131
History and Structure of Short Fictionp. 131
Stylistic Characteristics of Short Fictionp. 133
A Short Conclusion About Short Fictionp. 135
Exercise Answersp. 137
About the Authorp. 143
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