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Write to the Point Reprint Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0231075497
ISBN-10: 0231075499
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Super-enriched how-to book... designed to get the beginner or the pro... past the struggles of writing to the rewards of sharing something useful.

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The year's best book for encouraging the beginning, or the intimidated, writer.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; Reprint edition (April 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231075499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231075497
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,185,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent book. I would rate this as the best book on nonfiction writing. Bill Stott encourages you to break and bend the rules and tells you why you should start a sentence with "and" or "but." His writing flows perfectly and you can practically read it right through like a regular book. If you need suggestions on how to improve your writing slgihtly or a lot, this book is for you!
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I am a PhD student. This book was recommended by an instructor who cared about making me a better scholar. Stott's writing advice is crisp, clear, and actionable. After I implemented his recommendations, my assignments were consistently noted for their quality of expression. My writing is judged on what I say (content), not how I say it (style). I will always struggle with my writing. In spite of that fact, I now have a book that guides and encourages me with practical, effective advice. I wish I'd had this book earlier in my academic career!
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I used this book 30 years ago to help me in college. I ended up becoming a teacher of writing, and time and time again, I recommend this book to students. It has profoundly influenced my writing. Stott's work is clear, accessible, and intelligent. He speaks to the person. He understands the ways rules can and cannot be broken, and he instructs writers in understanding their audience. Perhaps most importantly Stott understands how initial muddled thinking can be clarified without simply resorting to "fixing" each sentence.
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I had a Ph.D., needed to publish, thought I was a 'good writer' but in fact my writing was obtuse, rambled, unfocused and ineffective. A supervisor gave me this book. Within two years my writing was getting easily accepted for trade and academic publishing alike. Writing is now something I consider one of my strengths. I recommend this book to staff and students.
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If your a student writer or want to be a writer, then this book is mandatory reading. He gets a little wordy near the end, but the support for new writers is great! You can also check out "Building Great Sentences" by Landon.
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