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How to Write Anything

How to Write Anything

How to Write Anything

A Complete Guide

  • By: Laura Brown

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ISBN: 9788130928470

Bind: Paperback

Year: 2020

Pages: 608

Size: 171 x 242 mm

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Published in India by: Viva Books

Exclusive Distributors: Viva Books

Sales Territory: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka


"To author a book called How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide, you have to be foolish, delusional, or be Laura Brown, who pulls it off with grace and wisdom. Brown provides readers with an overview of the writing process—the infrastructure on which all writing is built—and specific strategies for hundreds of situations."

—ALAN ZIEGLER, Author of The Writing Workshop Note Book


"As a writing instructor of over thirty years, I know full well the demands upon young writers. Laura Brown answers the tough questions on how to get started, how to craft tone for a target readership, how to develop succinct content, and how to master argumentation.?

—ROGER MARHEINE,  Assistant professor, Pasadena City College


"Laura Brown's ability as a writing coach is unparalleled, and How to Write Anything offers the best of her guidance on business writing. Laura has a gift for helping business writers focus, refine, and develop their ideas, and express those ideas in a compelling way. Whether you are a CEO or a first-time manager, How to Write Anything will help you craft your message for the highest possible impact."

—ROBERT C. DAUGHERTY, Executive Chairman, Knowledge Shares


"How to Write Anything is the first book I?ve seen that addresses the very core of writing for today's digital communications channels. The lessons in this book are for everybody."

—MARY OLSON, Digital Business Design and Development Pioneer



With more than two hundred how-to entries and easy-to-use models organized into three comprehensive sections on work, school, and personal life, How to Write Anything covers a wide range of topics that make it an essential guide for the whole family. You want your boss to fund a special project. How can you write a persuasive e-mail that will win his approval • It's time to apply to college. How can you write an essay that will stand out • The mother of one of your co-workers has died. What's the best way to express your condolences? 

Grounded in a commonsense approach, friendly and supportive, How to Write Anything is Internet-savvy, with advice throughout about choosing the most appropriate medium for your message: e-mail or pen and paper. At once a how-to, a reference book, and a pioneering guide for writing in a changing world, this is the only writing resource you'll ever need.



• Need to know how to format your r??sum? • for that job application?

• How do you write a cover letter that will stand out?

• How can you write a eulogy that will be a true honor to the deceased and comfort to the living?

• Wondering how to request a letter of recommendation for graduate school?

• Trying to craft a get-well note that will really help?

• Need tips to engage colleagues when you?re giving a presentation at work?

• How informal is too informal when instant messaging in the office?

• What do you write on the website for your small business?

• What should you say in a wedding invitation • Or divorce announcement?

• How do you write a birth announcement?


Section I: The Writing Process

You Can Write Anything

Finding Your Process  • Understand Your Purpose • Understand Your Reader • Brainstorm Your Content • Organize • Draft • Revise • Speed and the Spinner

Section II: E- writing and the Technology Revolution

Choose Your Weapon  • To Write or Not to Write • If You Write • What about the Future?

The Process of E writing  • Is Your Purpose Clear to You and Your Reader • • Is Your Message Tailored to Your Reader • • Revise, Revise, Revise • Make It a Habit • How to write Anything

Section III: The Entries


The Basics  • Announcement • Invitation • Congratulations • Thank-You Note • Apology • Holiday Family Newsletter • Love Letter • Fan Letter • Personal Journal • Get-Well Note • Obituary • Condolence Letter • Eulogy

Weddings and Births  • Engagement Announcement • Wedding Invitation • Wedding Toast • Wedding Vows • Wedding Announcement • Wedding Congratulations • Wedding Thank- You • Birth Announcement • Baby Shower Invitation • Baby Gift Thank- You  

Personal Business  • Complaint • Letter to a Neighbor • Letter about Jury Duty • Letter to Fight a Parking Ticket • Note to Your Child's Teacher • Note on the Windshield • Note to Recover Lost Property • Classified Ad and Online Auction Listing • Receipt

Community Life  • Editorial • Letter to the Editor • Fund-raising Letter • Appeal for Volunteers

Instructions  • Note to a House Sitter, Babysitter, or Pet • Sitter • Recipe

Social Media  • Personal Blog • Online Review • Facebook Status Update • Twitter


The Basics  • Note Taking • Outline • Summary • Annotated Bibliography • Research Paper • Presentation • Exam Essay Question

Core Writing Assignments  • Personal Essay • Process Description Essay • Compare and Contrast Essay • Argumentative Essay • Interpretive Essay

Writing in the Sciences and Social Sciences  • Science Project Logbook or Journal • Lab Report • Literature Review • History Essay

Writing in the Arts  • Art Review • Performance Review • Book Review

Other Forms of Academic Writing  • College or Scholarship Application Essay • Request for Recommendation • E-mail Teacher or Professor • Academic R??sum? • • Recruiting Letter • Athletic R??sum??/Athletic Profile • Internship Letter • School Newspaper

Writing at Work

The Basics  • Business E- mail • Request/Inquiry • Instant Message • Business Letter • Memo • Business Apology • Business Bio • Speech • PowerPoint Presentation • Questionnaire • Message of Introduction • Message of Commendation • Letter of Recommendation • Agenda • Business Meeting Announcement • Minutes

The Job Search and Human Resources  • Job Description • Job Advertisement • Cover Letter for R??sum? • • R??sum? • • Interview Follow- Up • Job Candidate Rejection Letter • Job Offer Letter • Letter Accepting a Job Offer • Letter Declining a Job Offer • Letter Withdrawing from the Job Search • Performance Review • Resignation Letter • Termination Letter

Promotion and Public Relations  • Brochure • Newsletter Article • Press Release • Testimonial • Website Copy • Business Blog • Facebook Status Update • Twitter

Reports  • Basic Report Format • Transmittal • Executive Summary • Incident Report

Sales and Billing  • Sales Letter • Sales Proposals • Invoice • Collection Letters 


About the Author:

Laura Brown, PhD, has taught writing to just about everyone???from corporate executives to high school students. Her expertise encompasses instructor-led training, individual coaching, classroom teaching, and e-learning development. She has more than twenty-five years • experience providing training and coaching in business writing, and she has also taught composition and literature at Columbia University. She lives in New York.

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