Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Book Review: How to Write Anything by Laura Brown

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from FSB Associates, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

                  Today I have the ONLY graduation present I recommend whole-heartedly!

How to Write Anything cover

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 WriteAnything 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 WriteAnything 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. 

Still looking for a great give to give the graduate in your life? PICK up this wonderful book for them! If there was one SUPER useful thing my mother taught me while growing up, it was how to right a letter and not only get the answer you needed, but to GET a response. I was in 5th grade writing letters and getting promo items sent to me worth literally hundreds of dollars (and she wonders why I became a blogger, helloooooo, her fault! LOL). It may be a dying art (writing letters that is), but knowing how to property WRITE anything is a subject that is no longer being taught. I remember getting to college and breezing through papers, term papers and honestly, even my senior thesis (shudder), because I had been taught HOW to write them in high school (bless the nuns!). My friends who never had been taught, struggled to get through them.

So when I saw this book, I knew it was perfect for showcasing as a grad present! Even if you've already given them a gift, rush out and get this one and send it off to them. Seniors going off to college will need this when school starts. College grads will be needing it in their new working careers!  The author uses a spin wheel to point out the steps in writing- (determine your) purpose, (know your reader) reader, brainstorm (what you want to say), organize (what different things to include), draft, revise (read your draft out loud and make sure it makes sense). The samples alone are SO worth the cost of the book- both the 'don't do this' and the 'do this'! Sometimes seeing a bad example brings the point home better than just showing a good example! This truly is a book that will GROW with your grad- from papers, resumes, emails, engagement announcements, family newsletters,  blog posts (!!), they can literally use this book for the rest of their life. It is just THAT great of a reference book! So check it out today, get one for your favorite grad, and you might want to sneak one home for YOUR reference shelf too!

Be sure to sign up Laura's special report-"The Five Most Common Writing Errors and How to Avoid Them" HERE to improve YOUR writing today! She also has FREE DOWNLOAD samples from the book for you, like writing a cover letter and resume. SO be sure to check them out today!

Author Bio
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.

For more information please visit http://www.howtowriteanything.com, and follow the author on Facebook and Twitte

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a fabulous book! As I always tell my son, even if you think your future career won't require writing, it will. Being able to write effectively is so much better than agonizing over each word, spending hours at it and still not getting the result you want.


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