Professional Writing Skills: A Write It Well Guide

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OVERVIEW

THE PURPOSE OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Business writing is unique. It is distinguished from other types of writing by its content, its form, and its purpose. For example, the purpose of fiction is to create a world, based on reality or not, in which readers can experience such feelings as fear, amusement, loneliness, suspense, joy, and adventure.

The great Pullman was whirling onward with such dignity of motion
that a glance from the window seemed simply to prove that the plains
of Texas were pouring eastward. Vast flats of green grass, dull-hued
spaces of mesquite and cactus, groups of frame houses, woods of
light and tender trees, all were sweeping into the east over the hori-
zon, a precipice.

from Stephen Crane's short story
[The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky]

The purpose of an essay is to analyze or interpret a situation.

A few years ago I wrote a book which dealt in part with the diffiulties
of the English in India. Feeling that they would have had no difficulties
in India themselves, the Americans read the book freely. The more
they read it the better it made them feel, and a cheque to the author
was the result. I bought a wood with the cheque. It is not a large
wood—it contains scarcely any trees, and it is intersected, blast it, by
a public footpath. Still, it is the first property that I have owned, so it
is right that other people should participate in my shame, and should
ask themselves, in accents that will vary in horror, this very important
question: What is the effect of property upon the character?

from E. M. Forster's essay [My Wood]

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Professional Writing Skills: A Write It Well Guide
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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents v
  • Introduction 1
  • Overview 5
  • 1: Develop a Writing Plan in Six Steps 11
  • 2: Write the First Draft 59
  • 3: Use Concise Language 101
  • 4: User Language 115
  • 5: Use Correct Grammar 137
  • 6: Use Correct Punctuation 173
  • 7: Write Effective E-Mail 217
  • Resources Consulted and Recommended for Continued Learning 235
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