FIVE FAST STEPS TO
20th anniversary edition
by Barbara Florio Graham
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advice on the writer's craft is sound and insightful...
the writing is clear, concise, and easy to follow.
The author is clearly an experienced and thoughtful writer --
qualities that are essential for the reader of a book like this
to be able to discern in order to have faith in the quality of the contents
(commentary sheet from 14th annual Writer's Digest book awards)
ideal for beginning or professional writers, students and small businesses
a proven method for learning how to write well
(The Ottawa Citizen)
fast-paced, readable, a
treasury of valuable information and good ideas...
apt examples, concise wisdom, worth getting
(Canadian Author Magazine)
no wasted words...the text is informative and rich
clear explanations and examples, but no annoying exercises
a trenchant and practical guide
written word comes in many forms, including memos, fiction,
annual reports, memoir, ad infinitum. If you write, for pleasure or for business,
Five Fast Steps to Better Writing should be in your library.
a helpful little book that delves into the nitty-gritty of the writing process..
I love the way the book is set-up with the examples,
relevant quotes, etc., on the left-hand pages, for easy reference.
(Dianne Oost, author and artist)
and affordable! An effective teaching model for the novice and
experienced writer alike.
(Sharon Melnyk, University of California, Berkeley)
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The Blank Page
If you decide to enter the page...
take something you can hold onto,
and a prism to split the light
and a talisman that works,
which should be hung on a chain around your neck:
that's for getting back.
(Margaret Atwood, "The Page," from Murder in the Dark)
How To Use This Book
STEP ONE: PREPARE
Essential decisions to pave the way
Tapping your innate creativity
A writer lives in awe of
words, for they can be cruel or kind,
and they can change their meanings right in front of you.
They pick up flavors and odors like butter in a refrigerator.
STEP TWO: DRAFT
The easiest part
Changing your mind
A good writer makes
unlikely connections seem inevitable.
STEP THREE: REVISE
Revising is not rewriting
Letting format help rather than hinder
Adding, subtracting, and rearranging
When the conclusion you reach is not the one you intended
are vehicles that can transport us from the drab sands to the
(M. Robert Syme)
STEP FOUR: STRENGTHEN
Verbs are the key to strengthening sentences
Catching the run-on sentence
Adding power to modifiers
Supporting style with careful word choice
Writers make the world seem coherent.
They decipher babble, they banish ambiguity and fluff,
they amuse, they persuade, they convince, they entice, they inform.
(Lawrence Jackson, Feb. 19, 1942 - June 4, 1998)
STEP FIVE: POLISH
Avoiding the most common problems
Words often confused
The final check
Catastrophe (the almost-true story about Simon Teakettle)
Types of Leads
A Dozen Reasons Why You Should Protect Your Copyright
Disaster-Proof Your Assignments
Self-Publishing: a Viable Option?
Tapping Your Innate Creativity, further information
BIO: Barbara Florio Graham
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TIPS FOR YOUR BULLETIN BOARD
Banished by Barbara
Quick Tip Sheet
Most North Americans believe
there are three things they do better than average:
drive, sing, and write.
Actually, most drive better than they sing,
sing better than they write, and don't drive all that well.
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