How to Write

Paperback | October 15, 2006

byAlastair Fowler

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How to Write is an introductory guide to writing, aimed at people who think they can't write, or for whom writing is an ordeal. Broken down into short topic-based chapters on everything from beginning to revising, it demystifies the writing process by taking the reader through each stagenecessary to bring a piece of writing to a decent finish. The book also offers a wealth of invaluable practical considerations, including when and where to write, when to printout and when to edit onscreen, what type of pen works well for revisions, and the hazards of the paperclip.The author is a seasoned writer whose encouraging but uncompromising guidance will delight as well as instruct. Offering practical advice in a lucid, no-nonsense style, How to Write will be ideal for both students and professional people who need to write during the course of their work.

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How to Write is an introductory guide to writing, aimed at people who think they can't write, or for whom writing is an ordeal. Broken down into short topic-based chapters on everything from beginning to revising, it demystifies the writing process by taking the reader through each stagenecessary to bring a piece of writing to a decent...

Alastair Fowler is Regius Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.01 × 4.37 × 0.67 inPublished:October 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199278504

ISBN - 13:9780199278503

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good advice If you are rushing your written assignment for a deadline of, say, the next morning, then even this little delight won't help you survive this turmoil. Different from regular "how to" books that mainly focus on grammar and usage, Fowler covers invaluable topics such as research, planning, drafts and other aspects of the art of writing. It's very useful - especially the first few chapters - as we should all have learned about it before pushing our writing task to the very last minute.
Date published: 2008-02-01

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Table of Contents

1. Pen and Computer2. Material Reading3. Beginning4. Drafts5. Outlines6. Paragraphs7. Paragraph Types8. Arguments9. Signposts10. Sentences11. Word Order12. Punctuation13. Quotation14. Originality15. Readers16. Words17. Metaphors18. Performing and Concurrence19. Revising20. Correctness21. Reducing22. Research, Hard and Soft23. Reference Books24. PracticalitiesRecapitulationFurther Reading