Write On!: The No-Nonsens Guide to Professional Writing

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New Holland Publishers, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 160 pages
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As an experienced newspaper reporter, freelance writer, and columnist, Martin Gurdon knows first-hand the obstacles to writing clearly?and how to overcome them. In this crisply written guide, Gurdon helps aspiring writers get past their fears and put their ideas on the page in a way that's accurate, informative, and entertaining. He takes them through the fundamentals, including grammar, punctuation, and self-editing, and devotes complete chapters to avoiding cliché, cutting clutter, and producing clean and powerful prose. Gurdon also describes how to tackle both basic journalism and sophisticated feature writing, and provides a useful guide to navigating the freelance journalism market, including tips on how to pitch and sell story ideas. This comprehensive account provides all tools and techniques a writer needs to succeed.
  

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Contents

The Truth About Writing
6
The Basics Part 2
39
Cut the Crap
59
An Explanation of Punctuation
78
Grammar School
97
Life as a Freelance Writer
117
Freelance Journalism
125
A View From the Subs Bench
136
Work Station
144
The Key
150
Acknowledgements
160
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Martin Gurdon is a motoring journalist first and foremost, writing for the Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard as well as specialist magazines. He has worked on various other national newspapers as well as numerous magazines during his career. Author of the bestselling Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance and Travels With My Chicken (New Holland), he now lives in Kent.

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