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

ISBN-10: 020525439X

ISBN-13: 9780205254392

Edition: 2012

Authors: Richard Kallan

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Debuting in its first edition, Renovating Your Writing outlines 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 act of writing and the informed practice of writing.
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List price: $13.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 2/17/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Strategies, Tactics, and Tips
Rethinking Your Thoughts About Writing
The Writing Process: Separating Fact from Fiction
Most People Think They Should Like Writing
Most People Think They Can Improve Their Writing Skills by Simply Reading More and Writing More
Most People Think Their Writing Will Be Read by an Ideal Audience
Your Writing: Separating Fact from Fiction
Most People Think They Write Better Than They Do
Most People Think They Can Develop Strong Writing Skills with Less Effort and Time Than Necessary
Streamlining Your Writing
Adopt the Runt of the (Word) Litter
Ration Long Sentences
Write Very Tightly Without Verbosity
Constructing Sentences
Get to the Point, Today
Start with Active Actors
Avoid Verby Nouns
Play Nice
Qualify Sensibly
Treat Others Fairly
Recognize That Women Exist
Constructing Paragraphs and Pages
State Your Purpose Like You Mean
Build Them (Paragraphs) Right and They (Readers) Will Come
Bottomline Your Main Ideas or Main Arguments
Organize Evidence into Piles and Subpiles
Embrace Your Outline
Drive Home Your Message: Format Your Document
Rely on Headings and Subheadings
Befriend Bullets and Numbers
Choose a Typeface
Fortifying Sentences, Paragraphs, and Pages
Check Out Your Audience
Shepherd Your Sentences
Rally Around the Topic Sentence
Worry Not About Length
Smooth the Rough Edges
Strategize Your Case
Strategize Persuasive Messages
Strategize Informative Messages
Revise How You Revise: A Final Note
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Why, Is Punctuation; So/Important
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Question Marks
Exclamation Points
Commas, Semicolons, and Colons
Double and Single Quotation Marks
Ellipses and Slashes
Dashes, Parentheses, and Brackets
Writing Nonobnoxious Professional and Personal E-mails
Why You Are Not Always Read: Rating Your Readability
Finding Your Fog lndex<sup>sm</sup> Score
Putting the Fog Index<sup>sm</sup> Scale to Work
Original Fog Index<sup>sm</sup> Score: 22.3
Revised Fog lndex<sup>sm</sup> Score: 8.1
Original Fog lndex<sup>sm</sup> Score: 27.2
Revised Fog Index<sup>sm</sup> Score: 7
Original Fog lndex<sup>sm</sup> Score: 17.2
Revised Fog lndex<sup>sm</sup> Score: 8.7
Learning to Write Cogently
History and Structure of Short Fiction
Stylistic Characteristics of Short Fiction
A Short Conclusion About Short Fiction
Exercise Answers
About the Author
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