How do you target a specific audience in writing? What makes up a strong thesis statement? Is there a trick to maintaining clear communication in cyberspace? How do you achieve unity and coherence in a final draft? With Writing Clearly: A Self–Teaching Guide, you ll discover the answers to these questions and many more about the basics of communicating effectively through the written word.
Each chapter in this hands–on guide focuses on key steps in the writing process, identifying the shared and differing skills demanded by each type of writing, be it a persuasive essay, a business letter, or a scientific report. The straightforward, structured format of Writing Clearly makes it fully accessible, providing an easy–to–understand, comprehensive overview for everyone from students beginning to build skills, to adults looking to improve their writing, to the experienced writer hoping to further hone skills in a certain area.
Like all Self–Teaching Guides, Writing Clearly allows you to build gradually on what you have learned at your own pace. Questions and self–tests reinforce the information in each chapter and allow you to skip ahead or focus on specific areas of concern. Packed with useful, up–to–date information, this clear, concise volume is a valuable learning tool and reference source for anyone who wants to develop or improve his or her basic writing skills.
How to Use This Book 3
1 Targeting Your Audience 5
2 Finding and Writing the Topic 25
3 Writing a Strong Introduction 47
4 Building the Body Paragraphs 69
5 Concluding the Writing 101
6 Revising for Greater Understanding 131
7 Making Your Writing Flow 157
8 Polishing Your Prose 187
9 Applying Your Skills to Academic Writing 221
10 Writing for Business 233
Appendix:Writing Checklist 241