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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Iuniverse Inc (Sept. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595120199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595120192
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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From the Publisher

You can write better – whether you are a beginner or the office pro. Learn the universal format for writing anything. Featuring favorite New Yorker cartoons.

From the Inside Flap

Learn how to start, what to say and when to stop.

Get your message across quickly and easily.

It’s worked for hundreds of people in the Writing for Action Workshops. Now let it work you.

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"Everything you think about writing is wrong," says Author Michael Dolan, and he promises that his book can get rid of outdated ideas, change the way you think and make you a better writer. The book's goal is to remove outmodeled thoughts that prevent quick easy communication and to help people feel confident and comfortable about writing." It shows you how to begin and how to keep your reader's attention whether you are writing a letter, report, memo or novel. It helps you to define exactly what you want to say and to know exactly what you wish your writing to accomplish. A series of exercises teach you to develop your own style and to write rapidly and effectively. Mr. Dolan asks you to ignore problems of punctuation or choosing the exact word. He suggests you spend ten minutes each day writing down anything that is on your mind. This "free writing" is supposed to enable you to write better and faster no matter what you write This fun-to-read book is easy-to-follow and understand. It removes the inhibitions that make it difficult for you to write. It frees your inner potential for expression, allowing you to concentrate on the context, on what you are trying to say. When you know exactly what you want to say it is easy to write and easy for your reader to understand. Although the book is written especially for people writing letters, memos and reports for their office, it includes a "universal format" for writing anything. This is a book that can benefit professional writers as well as people getting ready to write their first memo. It reconnects you to the joy of writing.
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By "lalaseapea" on Jan. 31 2001
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Whether you are a student, a professional, or just enjoy writing for fun, you must buy this book! Dolan covers almost every possible aspect of writing, from essays to resumes, letters to brochures (even though he suggests paying a pro to create your brochure). My personal favorite is Chapter 11-"Sensible Mechanics Without a Bunch of Useless Theories and Rules." This book is a great tool to get you through those tough college courses, or just to use for reference.
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By A Customer on Nov. 26 2000
Format: Paperback
I never knew a writing book could be fun to read. The author has a simple sense of humor that keeps things working. At first I didn't believe there was such a thing as his universal format for writing anything. But now I see how it works.
I really got something I could use with my memos.
Some of the exercises were a little weird. But you don't have to do them. I liked the cartoons too.
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This book is used as a text for the online course "Writing for Action," at TrainingBetter.com
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Reconnects you to the joy of writing Feb. 24 2001
By Maryanne Raphael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Everything you think about writing is wrong," says Author Michael Dolan, and he promises that his book can get rid of outdated ideas, change the way you think and make you a better writer. The book's goal is to remove outmodeled thoughts that prevent quick easy communication and to help people feel confident and comfortable about writing." It shows you how to begin and how to keep your reader's attention whether you are writing a letter, report, memo or novel. It helps you to define exactly what you want to say and to know exactly what you wish your writing to accomplish. A series of exercises teach you to develop your own style and to write rapidly and effectively. Mr. Dolan asks you to ignore problems of punctuation or choosing the exact word. He suggests you spend ten minutes each day writing down anything that is on your mind. This "free writing" is supposed to enable you to write better and faster no matter what you write This fun-to-read book is easy-to-follow and understand. It removes the inhibitions that make it difficult for you to write. It frees your inner potential for expression, allowing you to concentrate on the context, on what you are trying to say. When you know exactly what you want to say it is easy to write and easy for your reader to understand. Although the book is written especially for people writing letters, memos and reports for their office, it includes a "universal format" for writing anything. This is a book that can benefit professional writers as well as people getting ready to write their first memo. It reconnects you to the joy of writing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Buy this book! Jan. 31 2001
By "lalaseapea" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Whether you are a student, a professional, or just enjoy writing for fun, you must buy this book! Dolan covers almost every possible aspect of writing, from essays to resumes, letters to brochures (even though he suggests paying a pro to create your brochure). My personal favorite is Chapter 11-"Sensible Mechanics Without a Bunch of Useless Theories and Rules." This book is a great tool to get you through those tough college courses, or just to use for reference.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Better than most Nov. 26 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I never knew a writing book could be fun to read. The author has a simple sense of humor that keeps things working. At first I didn't believe there was such a thing as his universal format for writing anything. But now I see how it works.
I really got something I could use with my memos.
Some of the exercises were a little weird. But you don't have to do them. I liked the cartoons too.
E-book version April 14 2013
By Kristina Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
had to get this for a management class, hard to find page numbers from the original book but still had all the information.
Gets The Job Done The First Time Sept. 11 2006
By RazorBlack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have had the pleasure of being a student in two of Mr. Dolan's courses. He has provided a valuable tool with this book to assist people in preparing clear and concise reports or other business communications. If anyone has a chance to (or priveledge) of taking a course with Mr. Dolan do so, it is well worth the effort.


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