Your Writing Well: Common-Sense Strategies & Logic-Based Skills in 15 Essays for the 21st Century
Fifteen essays for anyone in any profession or academic level, Your Writing Well studies every aspect of the writing process, providing faster means to better products than do narrowly focused trade handbooks and academic texts. Having combed through writing pedagogy and cut through nonsense about composition and grammar, Dr. Davis provides an all-inclusive set of theory highlighting logic-based skills and practical strategies to create, develop, defend, and communicate coherently organized, well-expressed thoughts. Not marketed for dummies, Your Writing Well assumes readers have the smarts to follow mature common-sense guidance, grasp examples, and thus compensate for their existing lack of knowledge of what to do, how and why to do it, and where. Informed not by needless prohibitions but by relaxed, reassuring balances of freedom and prudent regulation, Your Writing Well is a comprehensive cure for all writers' ailments and deficiencies.
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"What do you get when an informed, veteran writing teacher like Robert Davis puts together a writing textbook? Practical, tested advice and shrewd, flexible rules of thumb--that's what. Davis knows his stuff: about how to write with style, about how to argue with substance, about how to take account of audience needs. Your Writing Well has a cosmopolitan, global perspective, so professionals and professionals-to-be through this book will be equipped to educate and persuade in a wide variety of situations. It provides perspective, not overly simple panaceas. And maybe best of all, the book is itself beautifully written, with clarity and grace, with wit as well as wisdom.
I've been teaching writing myself for four decades now, and I've learned plenty from Your Writing Well. It's going to help lots of sharp people get sharper still."
Dr. Jack Selzer
President, Rhetoric Society of America
Professor of English, Penn State University