Thursday, February 2, 2012

Words to Write By (Elaine L. Orr)

Words to Write By
Elaine L. Orr
Lifelong Dreams
Nonfiction, Writing
***+ (Okay/Good)

DESCRIPTION: You have ideas for stories, for articles, even for that memo you've been meaning to write to your boss. Every time you try to set your thoughts down, however, things go wrong. The words come out in a jumble, ideas are repeated or lost... you just can't seem to figure out how to even organize what you want to say. The author breaks down the writing process into simple steps, from gathering ideas and information to giving your writing its final polish on the way out to the Real World.
A Kindle-exclusive title.

REVIEW: A freebie download, this eBook makes a good introduction to the subject if you've never read another how-to-write book. Orr condenses the usual information, streamlining the process so that anyone - whether they want to write a 1000-page tome or a 1-page article - can easily digest it. Will this book alone make you into a stellar communicator? Probably not - you'll likely want to pick up a supplemental book or two, to fill in information lost during the streamlining process. But it's short, it reads fast, and it's a decent place to start.

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