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Keys to Great Writing Revised and Expanded, 2nd Edition by Faith Sullivan, Stephen Wilbers

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Introduction

What are the keys to great writing? How do I make my writing vivid and memorable? How do I set myself apart from other writers? How do I convey my personality, my point of view, my values? How do I learn to write with style?

Taking the last question first, I suggest you do three things: read, study, and practice. Read good writers, study specific stylistic techniques, and practice applying those techniques. The first activity, reading, will help you develop your style over time (and offer you other immeasurable benefits and pleasures along the way). The other two activities, study and practice, are more intentional, self-conscious endeavors. They involve analyzing and imitating proven techniques to produce predictable results.

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