A bright, tight writer’s guide; that is what Phillipa Glendinning wrote in the Grahamstown Festival paper ‘Wordstock’ about How to Write – Right! She also says : this comprehensive guide is set out in a simple and easy to use … How to Write – Right! Is effective in teaching discipline and provides some eye opening points on being an author and publishing …
What this book covers:
How to write
Do you regard yourself as a writer
The spirituality of writing
Creativity of your right
Writing and technology
Writing your book
Self-publishing versus traditional publishing
How to market your work
Writing for publications
Other writing tips
The book is created from the author’s experience as a writer, a teacher of writing and from the point of view of a publisher. The main ethos of the book is to encourage all who read the book to write. It is motivational and supportive. It contains many practical exercises, writing drills and examples. It also addresses the common mistakes that consistently appear in the manuscripts that are received by Graysonian Press.
How to Write - Right! will not only help potential authors, it is for everyone who writes messages, emails, letters – that is, just about everyone!
Why a book about writing?
According to Para Publishing, 81% of people want to write a book. However, most do not consider themselves capable. This book dispels that myth and teaches that everyone can write, as writing is a skill that can be learnt.
This book teaches that skill!
Why is the book titled ‘How to Write – Right!’
The name says it all, as the book covers all of the aspects required to improve writing skill.
How could How to Write – Right! be used within organisations?
Communication is pivotal in business, therefore it is imperative that managers, sales staff, and just about everyone within an organisation improve the clarity and meaning of their written communication. This could be in regard to reports, memos, quotations, emails, faxes, agreements and letters. How to Write – Right! Includes a chapter on report writing.
Will this book help students?
Students have to produce more written assignments than ever. The skills taught in the book will improve those assignments. The chapter on editing will help the students tremendously.
What readership or audience is the book aimed at?
The book is not only aimed at people who want to learn creative writing. It is a useful resource for educators, leaders, coaches, students, and those with a need for written communication. In addition to the above, there is a chapter on publication writing (magazines and newspapers)
What makes this book different?
Pat Grayson teaches from the heart, as he well remembers the early days of his struggle to write well. He also brings his knowledge of the publishing industry. But most important, Pat instils the belief that all can write if they try.
Will readers learn from the book?
Absolutely, as the book is a workbook with writing exercises that the reader is encouraged to do. In addition, as a teaching aid, the author includes examples of writing from many famous authors, such as, Ernest Hemingway, Agatha Christie, Wilbur Smith and J.K Rowling, just to name a few. Therefore, if readers work through the workbook with enthusiasm and diligence, they will learn how to write and write well.
How will the reader benefit (on a personal level) from reading this book?
When written communication is improved, self confidence improves. This book could also be considered a self-help training manual, and as such self esteem is likely to benefit.