How to Write

 

Let's begin by setting aside a myth: that the way to write is to sit for hours on end at a desk or kitchen table, staring at a blank computer screen and waiting patiently—sometimes desperately—for inspiration to strike.

 

Nonsense. In real life it never happens this way. Never. Not even for the best and most successful professional writers. It only looks this way because the key decisions a writer needs to make, and the steps that he or she then must take to turn these decisions into words, sentences, paragraphs, pages, and so forth, are invisible to people who haven't been shown what these decisions are and how to take the various steps that follow.

 

In fact, writing is less of an art than a process. And like any process, this one involves a series of decisions and steps that, when done in the correct order and with reasonable attention to detail, just about guarantee a decent and acceptable result. Happily, it isn't very difficult to make these key decisions and steps that the writing process requires. And neither is it all that hard to take the steps that turn these decisions into polished, finished prose.

 

The trick to writing lies in knowing what these decisions are, recognizing just what steps these decisions will require you to take next, and mastering the techniques and procedures to do it all efficiently.

 

This handbook is designed to help you write by showing you first, the key decisions and steps all writers need to make and, second, the skills and techniques that will turn these decisions and steps into finished, polished prose. In other words, this handbook is designed to show you how to write. For regardless of what language you speak, and regardless of what it is you are writing—a report, a letter, a memo, an essay, a book, or whatever—the writing process is always the same. Without a grasp of this process, you will have trouble writing anything, in any language; with a grasp of this process, you will be able to write anything you need or want to write, in whatever language you speak. This handbook is designed for everyone who needs or wants to write, including business executives, lawyers, doctors, administrators, managers, scientists, engineers, technicians, and students at all levels. It is designed to help those of you who become paralyzed by the very thought of writing, those of you who write easily but are unable to focus what you write so that your readers can grasp your point, and those of you who struggle along every time out, wondering why what ought to be a simple writing job always drains so much time and energy.

 

Like the writing process itself, this book is divided into three parts:

 

  • Organizing for the Job
  • Turning Out a Draft
  • Polishing the Product

 

It doesn't matter what you are writing. You always work your way through all three parts, and you always do it in the same order.

 



Praise for How to Write:

 

“Superb!”

 

William Safire

The New York Times

 

 

"Reading How to Write is like discovering the trick behind a magic act. Once the act is understood, it isn't nearly as awesome as it had seemed. It becomes almost easy to learn and execute. How to Write can be read in less than an hour and should be kept thereafter between the dictionary and the thesaurus."

 

Harriet Gerard

Hearst Feature Service

 

 

“Seamless, clear prose is what How to Write is about. Like Strunk's classic, Elements of Style, and Fowler's masterful volume, The King's English, the Meyer book is about common sense.”

 

Wesley Pruden

The Washington Times

 

 

“A helpful handbook for all writers.”

 

Scouting

 

 

“The writing book anyone can use…Refreshingly useful, How to Write is the most affordable fast-read yet on the subject.”

 

Training and Development Journal

 

 

“This little book is one of the more helpful guides for the beginning writer. It emphasizes good organization in getting started on a first draft, and gives clear, intelligent counsel on how to do this…Will surely help the young, the confused, and the struggling.”

 

The Washington Post

 

 

“Shows would-be writers - from high-school-age up - how any writing task is a matter of organizing for the job, turning out a first draft, and polishing the product.”

 

NEA Today

 

 

“It is hard to imagine a more practical how-to book on the subject of writing than the one turned out by this husband and wife team. The Meyers provide numerous clear and detailed guidelines that will be a godsend to the novice struggling with his/her first writing project, as well as a welcome aid to the more seasoned writer occasionally floundering about for just the right technique to develop an idea.”

 

Voice of Youth Advocates

Mailing Address:

  Storm King Press

  PO Box 2089

  Friday Harbor, WA 98250

 

Telephone: 360-378-3910

Fax:              360-378-3912

Publishers of Books that Work

How to Write

 

Let's begin by setting aside a myth: that the way to write is to sit for hours on end at a desk or kitchen table, staring at a blank computer screen and waiting patiently—sometimes desperately—for inspiration to strike.

 

Nonsense. In real life it never happens this way. Never. Not even for the best and most successful professional writers. It only looks this way because the key decisions a writer needs to make, and the steps that he or she then must take to turn these decisions into words, sentences, paragraphs, pages, and so forth, are invisible to people who haven't been shown what these decisions are and how to take the various steps that follow.

 

In fact, writing is less of an art than a process. And like any process, this one involves a series of decisions and steps that, when done in the correct order and with reasonable attention to detail, just about guarantee a decent and acceptable result. Happily, it isn't very difficult to make these key decisions and steps that the writing process requires. And neither is it all that hard to take the steps that turn these decisions into polished, finished prose.

 

The trick to writing lies in knowing what these decisions are, recognizing just what steps these decisions will require you to take next, and mastering the techniques and procedures to do it all efficiently.

 

This handbook is designed to help you write by showing you first, the key decisions and steps all writers need to make and, second, the skills and techniques that will turn these decisions and steps into finished, polished prose. In other words, this handbook is designed to show you how to write. For regardless of what language you speak, and regardless of what it is you are writing—a report, a letter, a memo, an essay, a book, or whatever—the writing process is always the same. Without a grasp of this process, you will have trouble writing anything, in any language; with a grasp of this process, you will be able to write anything you need or want to write, in whatever language you speak. This handbook is designed for everyone who needs or wants to write, including business executives, lawyers, doctors, administrators, managers, scientists, engineers, technicians, and students at all levels. It is designed to help those of you who become paralyzed by the very thought of writing, those of you who write easily but are unable to focus what you write so that your readers can grasp your point, and those of you who struggle along every time out, wondering why what ought to be a simple writing job always drains so much time and energy.

 

Like the writing process itself, this book is divided into three parts:

 

  • Organizing for the Job
  • Turning Out a Draft
  • Polishing the Product

 

It doesn't matter what you are writing. You always work your way through all three parts, and you always do it in the same order.

 



Praise for How to Write:

 

“Superb!”

 

William Safire

The New York Times

 

 

"Reading How to Write is like discovering the trick behind a magic act. Once the act is understood, it isn't nearly as awesome as it had seemed. It becomes almost easy to learn and execute. How to Write can be read in less than an hour and should be kept thereafter between the dictionary and the thesaurus."

 

Harriet Gerard

Hearst Feature Service

 

 

“Seamless, clear prose is what How to Write is about. Like Strunk's classic, Elements of Style, and Fowler's masterful volume, The King's English, the Meyer book is about common sense.”

 

Wesley Pruden

The Washington Times

 

 

“A helpful handbook for all writers.”

 

Scouting

 

 

“The writing book anyone can use…Refreshingly useful, How to Write is the most affordable fast-read yet on the subject.”

 

Training and Development Journal

 

 

“This little book is one of the more helpful guides for the beginning writer. It emphasizes good organization in getting started on a first draft, and gives clear, intelligent counsel on how to do this…Will surely help the young, the confused, and the struggling.”

 

The Washington Post

 

 

“Shows would-be writers - from high-school-age up - how any writing task is a matter of organizing for the job, turning out a first draft, and polishing the product.”

 

NEA Today

 

 

“It is hard to imagine a more practical how-to book on the subject of writing than the one turned out by this husband and wife team. The Meyers provide numerous clear and detailed guidelines that will be a godsend to the novice struggling with his/her first writing project, as well as a welcome aid to the more seasoned writer occasionally floundering about for just the right technique to develop an idea.”

 

Voice of Youth Advocates

Mailing Address:

  Storm King Press

  PO Box 2089

  Friday Harbor, WA 98250

 

Telephone: 360-378-3910

Fax:              360-378-3912

Publishers of Books that Work

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How to Write

 

Let's begin by setting aside a myth: that the way to write is to sit for hours on end at a desk or kitchen table, staring at a blank computer screen and waiting patiently—sometimes desperately—for inspiration to strike.

 

Nonsense. In real life it never happens this way. Never. Not even for the best and most successful professional writers. It only looks this way because the key decisions a writer needs to make, and the steps that he or she then must take to turn these decisions into words, sentences, paragraphs, pages, and so forth, are invisible to people who haven't been shown what these decisions are and how to take the various steps that follow.

 

In fact, writing is less of an art than a process. And like any process, this one involves a series of decisions and steps that, when done in the correct order and with reasonable attention to detail, just about guarantee a decent and acceptable result. Happily, it isn't very difficult to make these key decisions and steps that the writing process requires. And neither is it all that hard to take the steps that turn these decisions into polished, finished prose.

 

The trick to writing lies in knowing what these decisions are, recognizing just what steps these decisions will require you to take next, and mastering the techniques and procedures to do it all efficiently.

 

This handbook is designed to help you write by showing you first, the key decisions and steps all writers need to make and, second, the skills and techniques that will turn these decisions and steps into finished, polished prose. In other words, this handbook is designed to show you how to write. For regardless of what language you speak, and regardless of what it is you are writing—a report, a letter, a memo, an essay, a book, or whatever—the writing process is always the same. Without a grasp of this process, you will have trouble writing anything, in any language; with a grasp of this process, you will be able to write anything you need or want to write, in whatever language you speak. This handbook is designed for everyone who needs or wants to write, including business executives, lawyers, doctors, administrators, managers, scientists, engineers, technicians, and students at all levels. It is designed to help those of you who become paralyzed by the very thought of writing, those of you who write easily but are unable to focus what you write so that your readers can grasp your point, and those of you who struggle along every time out, wondering why what ought to be a simple writing job always drains so much time and energy.

 

Like the writing process itself, this book is divided into three parts:

 

  • Organizing for the Job
  • Turning Out a Draft
  • Polishing the Product

 

It doesn't matter what you are writing. You always work your way through all three parts, and you always do it in the same order.

 



Praise for How to Write:

 

“Superb!”

 

William Safire

The New York Times

 

 

"Reading How to Write is like discovering the trick behind a magic act. Once the act is understood, it isn't nearly as awesome as it had seemed. It becomes almost easy to learn and execute. How to Write can be read in less than an hour and should be kept thereafter between the dictionary and the thesaurus."

 

Harriet Gerard

Hearst Feature Service

 

 

“Seamless, clear prose is what How to Write is about. Like Strunk's classic, Elements of Style, and Fowler's masterful volume, The King's English, the Meyer book is about common sense.”

 

Wesley Pruden

The Washington Times

 

 

“A helpful handbook for all writers.”

 

Scouting

 

 

“The writing book anyone can use…Refreshingly useful, How to Write is the most affordable fast-read yet on the subject.”

 

Training and Development Journal

 

 

“This little book is one of the more helpful guides for the beginning writer. It emphasizes good organization in getting started on a first draft, and gives clear, intelligent counsel on how to do this…Will surely help the young, the confused, and the struggling.”

 

The Washington Post

 

 

“Shows would-be writers - from high-school-age up - how any writing task is a matter of organizing for the job, turning out a first draft, and polishing the product.”

 

NEA Today

 

 

“It is hard to imagine a more practical how-to book on the subject of writing than the one turned out by this husband and wife team. The Meyers provide numerous clear and detailed guidelines that will be a godsend to the novice struggling with his/her first writing project, as well as a welcome aid to the more seasoned writer occasionally floundering about for just the right technique to develop an idea.”

 

Voice of Youth Advocates