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Keys to Great Writing Revised and Expanded, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Transform your writing!

If you're ready to empower your writing but are unsure of where to start, let Keys to Great Writing Revised and Expanded show you the way. Award-winning author and veteran writing coach Stephen Wilbers provides invaluable instruction on every aspect of the craft, from word choice and sentence structure to organization and revision.

In this edition, you'll find:
  • Self-assessments to strengthen your sentences and paragraphs, evaluate your goals, and approach your writing with confidence.
  • Practical and easy-to-understand techniques for utilizing economy, precision, action, music, and personality.
  • Helpful tips and techniques for the writing process, including advice on prewriting, drafting, revising, and proofreading.
  • Exercises, checklists, and more to refine your writing skills.
For more than a decade, Keys to Great Writing has helped writers of all experience levels infuse their work with clarity, grace, and style. With the revised and expanded edition at your fingertips, you'll have the tools to invigorate your prose and develop a unique and effective voice.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Dedication
  5. About the Author
  6. Contents
  7. Foreword
  8. Introduction
  9. Part One: Keys to Great Writing
    1. Chapter One: Economy
      1. Make Every Word Count
      2. Use Fourteen Techniques to Eliminate Wordiness
      3. Chapter One Exercises
    2. Chapter Two: Precision
      1. Use the Right Word
      2. Make a Definite Impression
      3. Avoid Common Errors in Word Choice
      4. Chapter Two Exercises
    3. Chapter Three: Action
      1. Use Action and Movement to Engage your Reader
      2. Know How to Work with the Active and Passive Voices
      3. Know How to Work with Verbs and Nouns
      4. Chapter Three Exercises
    4. Chapter Four: Music
      1. Listen to the Music
      2. Use Variety to Create Emphasis
      3. Use Rhythm to Create Closing Emphasis
      4. Punctuate Your Beat
      5. Don’t Let Long Sentences Sprawl
      6. Know Your Sentence Types
      7. Learn from Others
      8. Chapter Four Exercises
    5. Chapter Five: Personality
      1. Be Lively, Unpredictable, Playful, and Genuine
      2. Add Color and Unpredictability with Figurative Language
      3. Be Playful
      4. Be Genuine
      5. Chapter Five Exercises
  10. Part Two: Elements of Composition
    1. Chapter Six: Purpose
      1. Know What You Want to Say
      2. Determine a Persuasive Strategy
    2. Chapter Seven: Point of View
      1. Establish Your Relationships
      2. Consider Your Options in Narrative Writing
      3. Maintain a Consistent Point of View
      4. Use Point of View to Your Advantage in Persuasive Writing
      5. Use Point of View for Special Effect
    3. Chapter Eight: Organization
      1. Plan Your Writing
      2. In Persuasive Writing, Arrange Material to Your Advantage
      3. Concentrate on Beginnings and Endings
    4. Chapter Nine: Support
      1. Support Your Assertions
      2. For Persuasive Writing, Determine a Rhetorical Strategy
    5. Chapter Ten: Coherence
      1. Connect Your Thoughts
      2. Connect Your Sentences and Paragraphs
      3. Use Sentence Beginnings and Endings to Create Flow
      4. Maintain Continuity and Flow Within Sentences
  11. Part Three: Drafting and Revising
    1. Chapter Eleven: The Writing Process
      1. Write in Stages
      2. Overcome Writer’s Block and Get Started
      3. Overcome the Challenges of Long Writing Projects
      4. Apply Principles of Time Management to Writing
      5. Develop Good Writing Habits
      6. Make a Lifetime Commitment
  12. Part Four: Appendices
    1. Appendix I: A Glossary of Grammatical Terms
    2. Appendix II: Checklist: Keys to Great Writing
    3. Appendix III: Checklist: Elements of Composition
    4. Appendix IV: Checklist: The Writing Process
    5. Appendix V: Recommended Resources and Reading