Can Do Writing The Proven Ten-Step System for Fast and Effective Business Writing

ISBN-10: 0470449799

ISBN-13: 9780470449790

Edition: 2009

Authors: Daniel Graham, Judith Graham, Graham

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Can Do Writing teaches you a ten-step system to write useful documents. For each step, you learn proven techniques-forty-five in all. The ten steps work through analysis, composing the draft, and editing. The forty-five techniques are easy to learn and easy to apply. These steps and techniques work every time for every kind of nonfiction document-from simple reports to complex proposals, from informal emails to formal journal articles.Can Do Writing is about getting results. You can quickly and systematically analyze your writing situation, compose your draft with confidence, and edit. The professional who can write useful documents is the most valuable.Can Do Writing helps you write faster. You avoid time-consuming rewrites. When you use the system, you can manage your time and meet deadlines.By using the Can Do Writing system, you have control. You can break the daunting work of writing into manageable tasks. You learn the logic of documents so you don't simply mimic other, often poorly written, documents. You learn how documents work within organizations-what advisors, decision-makers, and operators need in documents. You learn to find and fix problems early. Never again be intimidated by writing. One of the best features of writing systematically is that you can see your own improvement. Every document is an opportunity to improve. Within a week of using the Can Do Writing system, you will see marked improvement in your writing, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you can continue to improve throughout your career.You can start using these techniques today. You do not need a strong background in English grammar to follow the ten steps and use the forty-five techniques. You have everything you need: a purpose for writing and information other people need. Now, learn the Can Do Writing system and apply the steps with confidence as you write your way to success.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 4/29/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Patricia Curd is Professor of Philosophy, Purdue University Daniel Graham is Professor of Philosophy, Brigham Young University

About the Authors
Introduction Can Do Writing
Skillset: Analysis
Analyze Purpose and Audience
What Result Do You Want from the Document?
Who Is the Audience?
What Does the Audience Do with the Information?
What Information Does the Audience Need?
Does the Audience Know Little or Much About the Information?
Does the Audience Need Proof?
Plan How to Write to Multiple Audiences
Write Your Document's Five-Part Purpose Statement
Decide the Type of Document or Oral Communication to Use
Pick a Verb That Describes What the Document Does
Assemble the Five Parts into a Purpose Statement
Use the Purpose Statement to Settle Controversies
Purpose Statements Make History
Practice Steps 1 and 2 Using a Case Study
Select Facts
Use the Purpose Statement As You Select Facts
Organize Your Points in a Sentence Outline
Write Your Points Using Short Words in Short Sentences
Evaluate Points to Eliminate Irrelevancies and Redundancies
Order the Points
Practice Steps 1 through 4 Using a Case Study
Skillset: Composing the Draft
Compose the Draft
Compose the Draft Body
Compose the Draft Conclusion
Compose the Draft Introduction
If Necessary, Compose the Draft Executive Summary
If Necessary, Compose the Draft Abstract
Skillset: Editing
Review the Draft for Organization and Logic
Test Organization by Answering Three Questions
Use Sentence Outlining Techniques to Improve Organization
Test Logic by Answering Five Questions
Edit for Coherence
Repeat Key Words throughout Your Document
Ensure That Each Paragraph Begins with a Point
Use Transition Words
Use Vertical Lists for Series of Like Items
Ensure Your Graphics Make a Point
Apply Visual Devices
Edit for Clarity
Use Concrete and Specific Words
Use Active Voice
Simplify Tense: Stay in Present Tense When Possible
Avoid the Helping Verbs Would, Should, and Could
Identify and Replace Ambiguous Pronouns
Use Standard English Words
Check Sentences for Misplaced or Dangling Modifiers
Edit for Economy
Cut Useless Verbs
Cut Useless Prepositions
Cut Who, Which, and That
Cut Useless Repetition
Cut Redundancy
Cut Useless Comments
Cut Useless Modifiers
Edit for Readability
Measure Readability Using the Gunning Fog Index
Replace Long Words with Short Words
Break Long Sentences
Conclusion Congratulations!
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