Everyone Can Write is an easy-to-understand, practical, ‘how to write’ book that is accessible to everyone from a business executive wanting to polish his reports to a retiree wanting to chronicle her family history. It solves the problems that beginning writers struggle with by giving them an easy-to-follow and simple set of rules that allows them to write rapidly and clearly. The book outlines the three forms of non-fiction writing: report, narrative and essay.
Each one is dissected and a set of rules applied to each structure. The rules are easily put into practice and vary for each structure. For example, in report writing, two easy-to-apply rules are: 25 words to a sentence and 3 or 4 sentences in a paragraph.
The author has also developed a foolproof method of structuring your writing, so that you make effective use of your time. It’s based on the easy-to-remember three-step formula: Pre-write, Free-write, Re-write. Pre-write refers to researching the necessary information. Free-write refers to getting the information onto the computer screen. Re-write refers to the essential task of editing the writing into clear readable text. This technique allows writers to become the editors of their own writing, thereby dramatically improve its quality. The essentials of grammar and punctuation, easily confused words and other useful tips for writers are also covered.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 162 x 125 mm | 176 pages |
Howard Gelman is an associate lecturer in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University, where he teaches business and media communication. He worked in broadcasting, producing programs in Britain, the USA and Australia where he was commissioning editor for the ABC.
As a consultant to Australian publishing companies, he project edited many non-fiction trade and business books. He has also developed writing workshops for businesses in Sydney, London, New York and Chicago. He was inspired to write this book as he truly believes that ‘everyone can write’, yet found there was a lack of easy-to-understand, practical, ‘how to write’ books on the market that would be accessible to everyone from a business executive wanting to polish his reports to a retiree wanting to chronicle her family history. Everyone Can Write fills that gap.
‘If The Gadget Guy Help! I have to write something – June 23, 2014 “The process of writing does not come naturally to everyone. If you’ve ever sweated over the opening line of a business report, or stared helplessly at a blinking cursor while trying to craft a blog post, you will know what I mean. However sometimes, just sometimes, the words flow like whiskey at an Irish wake; and when they do, it’s a thing of beauty. If only there was a handy little book we could refer to, that helped make writing easier. Well, it would seem our prayers have been answered. This compact publication, “Everyone Can Write” is a neat little guide that’s designed to help you get started instantly with any writing project.”Read full review