50 Ways to Help You Write Tips, Techniques, and Shortcuts to Help You Write Like a Pro

ISBN-10: 0595144896
ISBN-13: 9780595144891
Edition: 2000
Authors: Fran Shaw
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Preface
Noticing More and Having Plenty to Say
Introduction
Write free-flow for the pleasure of now
Walk "blind" to discover more
Continuously sense each step
Look for one color
Shaping What Comes
Freeing Material for All Kinds of Writing
Describing People, Places, and Things
Write "three-liners" to notice what's here
Compose a poem sixteen ways
Where am I?
Guess who's being described
Create a character
Sketch someone without explaining
Explore your setting
Shaping What Comes
Describing a Place
Describing a Person
Showing What Happened
Invite intense moments
Travel through time
Take a bird's-eye view
Descend a dream stairway
Listen in--how do people talk?
Especially for Story Writers
Cook up a conflict
Play with point of view
Picture the turning point--what happens?
Let nature express your theme
Shaping What Comes
Five Steps for Story Writers
Review Sheet for Stories
Writing an Autobiographical Essay or Oral History
Tell about life
About Writing Dialogue
About Writing Humor and Parodies
Humor yourself
Explaining Something
Play the Graffiti Game
Find sensory specifics to illustrate ideas
Contrast then and now
Write a humorous "how-to"
Research a burning question
Shaping What Comes
Six Ways to Explain
Two More Humor Options
Convincing Someone
Give your views about men and woman today
Freely write your gripe
Shaping What Comes
Especially for Business Writers
Get going with this startup sheet
Send a letter that gets action
A Model Letter
Persuade with plain English
Two Versions of the Same Memo: Which Do You Prefer?
Liven up your layout
Sample Report Using Headings and Bulleted List
Get your request approved: write an "MBA" memo
Sample Memo Requesting Approval
Bring out benefits in your proposal
Sample Proposal Done with Desktop Publishing Software
Display a list of steps in your "how to" memo
Summarize so decision-makers know the bottom line
Sample Executive Summary
Complain in a neutral way
Sample Complaint Letter
Buffer the bad news
Sample "Bad News" Letter
Promote your product, sell your service
Sample Promotional Piece
Make news with your press release
Format for a Press Release
Shaping What Comes
Checklist for Letter Writers
Checklist for Memo and Report Writers
An Experiment in Writing Your Resume
Redesign your resume
List of Dynamic Verbs
Some Model Resumes
Model Application Letters to Accompany Your Resume
Especially For Students Writing Papers
Hints for Getting By What Stops You
How to Organize a Paper Quickly
Plan your pages
Writing a Scientific, Technical, or Lab Report
Use "There is" instead of "I think"
Writing an Abstract or Summary
A Sample Abstract
Writing About Literature
Immerse yourself, discover your slant
Shaping What Comes
Beginnings
Middles
Endings
Titles
Setting Up Quotations
Citing Sources: Using In-text Notes Instead of Footnotes
Writing About People, Eras, or Ideas
Choose three bases of comparison
Shaping What Comes
Checklist for Paper Writers
About Transitions
Writing About Published Essays
Critique an article's effectiveness
Peer Review: Commenting on Another Student's Paper
Finding Your Way From Notes to First Draft
How to Find What You Want to Write
"Suppose I Have a Subject--Now What?"
Ask your question, answer freely
Talk in paragraphs: What's the story?
Seven Steps to Help You Write
Give Yourself An Encouraging Word
Ten Things to Try When You're Stuck
Becoming Your Own Best Editor
Listen For Tone, Locate Rough Spots
Check Out Your Beginning, Middle, End, and Links Between Parts
Check Your Order of Presentation
Notice How You Get from Here to There
Tighten and Sharpen
What Needs Tightening?
What Needs Sharpening?
Sounds confusing? Say it over coffee
A Quick Checklist
When To Proofread, and Why It Pays
Proofreader's Checklist
What About Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar?
Some Common Mistakes to Watch For
How to Locate and Correct a Comma Splice
A Style Sheet for Apostrophes
Appreciate Your Final Draft
Glossary
Correct Format of Letters and Memos
Index
About the Author

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