How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide by Laura Brown is filled with examples and do’s and don’ts of just about anything you would need to write throughout the course of a lifetime. This book will prove useful at any stage of life – at work, at school and even in one’s personal life. I received a copy of this book for this review and One Mom’s Own Words reader will win a copy of How to Write Anything!
How to Write Anything A Complete Guide Book Review
Before jumping into the types of writing, examples, dos and dont’s, the author begins with the basics, like the elements of the writing process – purpose, reader, brainstorm, organize, draft revise. This process tends to happen naturally, if you write already, but this chapter gives a nice little refresher course. The author mentions that it isn’t important that these elements happen sequentially, rather picture them on a round spinner, and start the writing process anywhere on the circle, just be sure to include all of the elements in your writing.
There is a section devoted to e-writing where instant messaging, e-mail and posting on social media sites is discussed briefly. In here, she touches on guidelines for keeping your kids safe in the world of e-communication. I appreciated that she touched a bit on that.
For each type of writing the author includes an introduction, the do’s and dont’s of that particular type of writing, an example of what not to write and an example of what you should write.
It really is amazing how this book covers almost every type of writing that you can think of for writing in your personal life – invitations, eulogies, obituaries, fan letters, love letters you name it. The section on writing at school would appeal to high-school and college students. I was interested in the writing at work section which includes how to write a resume, cover letter, reports, press releases, website copy and much more.
One type of writing that I am interested in learning more about is grant writing. While I didn’t read this book cover to cover, I did not see this mentioned in the book. Perhaps it is too complex? She does cover sales proposals, which is somewhat similar. Perhaps the author would like to comment on this?
Otherwise, this is a wonderful guide to writing that includes sound instruction as well as advice. I found myself nodding in agreement with the author’s common-sense approach. It is ideal for those old-school folks that like to refer to a good old book, and yet the contents is completely up-to-date with our digital world. I will hold onto and refer to it for years to come.
About How to Write Anything A Complete Guide
A practical guide to everything you’ll ever need to write — at work, at school, and in your personal life.
With more than two hundred how–to entries and easy-to-use models organized into three comprehensive sections on work, school, and personal life, How to Write Anything covers a wide range of topics that make it an essential guide for the whole family. You want your boss to fund a special project. How can you write a persuasive email that will win his approval? It’s time to apply to college. How can you write an essay that will stand out? The mother of one of your co-workers has died. What’s the best way to express your condolences?
Grounded in a common-sense approach, friendly and supportive, How to Write Anything is Internet-savvy, with advice throughout about choosing the most appropriate medium for your message: e-mail or pen and paper. At once a how–to, a reference book, and a pioneering guide for writing in a changing world, this is the only writing resource you’ll ever need.
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
Hardcover: 608 pages
Apil 14, 2014; $35.00 US/ $40.00 CAN; 9780393240146
About the Author
Laura Brown, PhD, author of How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide, has taught writing to just about everyone — from corporate executives to high school students. Her expertise encompasses instructor-led training, individual coaching, classroom teaching, and e-learning development. She has more than twenty-five years’ experience providing training and coaching in business writing, and she has also taught composition and literature at Columbia University. She lives in New York.
This book is available on Amazon.com for $25.82.
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