The Writer's Brief Handbook

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 2011-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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Ever written a letter to the editor? A report for your boss? An email to an old friend? A compact, easy-to-use guide,The Writerrs"s Brief Handbookoffers clear definitions, helpful explanations, and up-to-the-minute research and reference tools-altogether the best concise yet comprehensive reference available for todayrs"s writers in any context. An extensive research section provides clear guidelines for how to research online, and examples of special-purpose writing-email, letters to the editor, business reports, and others-make this book useful to everyone who puts pen to paper-or fingers to keyboards.

Table of Contents

The Writing Process
Writing with a Computer
Analyzing the writing task
Choosing a subject
Focusing on a topic
Generating ideas and collecting information
Determining your purpose for writing
Establishing a thesis statement
Analyzing your audience
Making an outline23
Choosing a good title
Writing the body of your composition
Writing the beginning and ending24
Revising the largest elements first
Revising your sentences and diction
Conducting peer conferences25
Editing for grammar, punctuation, and mechanics
Preparing the final copy
Proofreading the final copy
Student Sample: Annotated Student Essay
Designing a document
Understanding the principals of design
Understanding the elements of design
Using visuals
Formatting academic manuscrip?
Writing in College and Beyond
Academic writing
Study skills
Time management
Note-taking in class
Reading effectively
Essay examinations
Critical thinking and active reading
Writing arguments
Understanding the elements of argument
Making appropriate appeals
Considering your audience
Refuting the oppositions argument
Student Sample: An Annotated Argument Essay
Online writing
Composing online
Oral presentations
Preparing and practicing
Using visuals
Public writing
Business letters
Letters to the editor
Writing a topic sentence
Relating all sentences to the controlling idea
Developing paragraphs fully
Using the strategy implied in your topic sentence to develop your paragraph
Arranging sentences in the most effective order
Using transitional words and phrases
Repeating key words and phrases
Using parallel structure
Using transitions to link paragraphs
Beginnings and ending?
Clarity and Sentence Style
Use parallel constructions with coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or, nor, for, yet, so)
Use parallel constructions with correlative conjunctions (either/or, neither/nor, not only/but also, both/and, whether/or)
Use parallel constructions in comparisons with than or as
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Place modifiers where they will be most effective
Connect a dangling modifier to the main part of the sentence
Use pronouns that are consistent in person and number
Maintain the same verb tense
Maintain the same mood
Keep subject and voice consistent
Avoid unnecessary shifts from direct to indirect quotation
Keep tone and style consistent
Maintain the same point of view
Unified and Logical Sentences
Use only relevant details
Avoid mixed or illogical constructions
Subordination and Coordination
Use subordination to group short, choppy sentences into larger units of thought
Do not subordinate excessively
Use coordination to put ideas of equal importance in grammatical structures of equal weight
Achieve emphasis by placing the mos
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