For Writing and Grammar Aficionados from All Walks of Life!
This deluxe edition contains the complete contents of The Little Red Writing Book and The Little Gold Grammar Book. Whereas writing is based on principles — in which writing is deemed better or worse, more effective or less effective — grammar is based on rules, in which writing is deemed right or wrong, correct or incorrect. With coverage of the most useful writing principles and the most commonly encountered rules of grammar, The Little Red Writing Book Deluxe Edition is an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to master those skills that will make a good writer even better.
This guide is especially suitable for high school and college students wanting to master the basics of expository writing, as well as any individual wanting to improve his or her core essential writing and grammar skills. Enjoy the benefits of your own self-paced writing course with a review of the "four pillars" of writing:
•Structure relates to organization and deciding in which order to present your ideas. Learn how to choose the best writing structure to develop your ideas, how to break your writing topic into two to four parts, and how to write with a top-down approach.
•Style describes how one writes, including how to use specific examples to support what is written. Learn how to make writing more simple, powerful, and vivid. Understand how to vary sentence beginnings, how to create a formal and informal tone, and how to keep writing gender neutral.
•Readability focuses on presentation and how to make your document visually pleasing and easy to read. Learn how to make key words stand out, how to use headings and headlines to “frame” writing, and how to increase the use of white space to allow your document to “breathe.”
•Grammar is about expressing language in a correct and acceptable form. Review the rules of grammar in terms of six common categories (subject-verb agreement, pronoun usage, modification, parallelism, comparisons, and verb tenses), and use short exercises and problems to help integrate key concepts of grammar, diction, idioms, and style.
•Also included are special sections on editing tips and punctuation, America English vs. British English, and traditional writing vs. digital writing.
Author's bio: Brandon Royal is an award-winning writer whose educational authorship includes The Little Red Writing Book, The Little Gold Grammar Book, The Little Green Math Book, and The Little Blue Reasoning Book. He continues to write and publish in the belief that there will always be a place for books that inspire, enlighten, and enrich.
“Appropriate for its audience of ambitious students and professionals — those who have plenty of brains, but need a little brush-up with the pen.” —Publishers Weekly Online Reviews
In this smart, pleasingly designed handbook, test-prep expert Royal (Ace the GMAT) explores 20"immutable principles of writing" and 30 basic rules of grammar and syntax with an eye to helping students craft better essays and business professionals compose more persuasive reports. Beginning with rules of structure (in expository writing, put the thesis first; break the subject down into two to four parts; finish discussing one topic before moving on to another), Royal then moves into stylistic advice--a most welcome section for anyone who's ever slogged through reports full of phrases like"implementation of optimized functionality." Why use"compensate" when"pay" will do--or"cognizant" when"aware" is enough? Royal also counsels readers to vary sentence structure, avoid redundancy and use active phrasing. New advice? Hardly. But it's presented confidently and clearly, and the book's tone feels appropriate for its audience of ambitious students and professionals--those who have plenty of brains, but need a little brush-up with the pen. The grammar workshop at the end is similarly firm and useful.