How to Write

ISBN : 9780199278503

Alastair Fowler
224 Pages
116 x 186 mm
Pub date
Sep 2006
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How to Write is an introductory guide to writing, aimed at people who think they can't write, or for whom writing is an ordeal. Broken down into short topic-based chapters on everything from beginning to revising, it demystifies the writing process by taking the reader through each stage necessary to bring a piece of writing to a decent finish. The book also offers a wealth of invaluable practical considerations, including when and where to write, when to printout and when to edit onscreen, what type of pen works well for revisions, and the hazards of the paperclip. The author is a seasoned writer whose encouraging but uncompromising guidance will delight as well as instruct. Offering practical advice in a lucid, no-nonsense style, How to Write will be ideal for both students and professional people who need to write during the course of their work.


1. Pen and Computer
2. Material Reading
3. Beginning
4. Drafts
5. Outlines
6. Paragraphs
7. Paragraph Types
8. Arguments
9. Signposts
10. Sentences
11. Word Order
12. Punctuation
13. Quotation
14. Originality
15. Readers
16. Words
17. Metaphors
18. Performing and Concurrence
19. Revising
20. Correctness
21. Reducing
22. Research, Hard and Soft
23. Reference Books
24. Practicalities
Further Reading

About the author: 

Alastair Fowler is Regius Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh.

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