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265 Troubleshooting Strategies for Writers [Paperback]

Barbara Fine Clouse
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1 Jun 2005

This back-to-basics troubleshooting guide covers all aspects of writing for beginning nonfiction writers. It pinpoints the challenges writers can encounter at every stage of the writing process--from prewriting and drafting to revising and editing --and provides effective procedures and problem-solving strategies for overcoming them.

Unique in its approach, each of the book's chapters addresses a common writing question or problem faced by writers. 265 Troubleshooting Strategies for Writers shows readers how to generate new ideas and organize them, polish their editing skills and avoid common grammatical errors, deal with writer's block, and much more.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary (1 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071445390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071445399
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,420,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Get it written right now with this unique guide to solving the most common problems of crafting nonfiction writing

Contrary to popular belief, good writers are made, not just born. You don’t have to be the child of literary geniuses to write powerfully--you only need to learn the right strategies. In 265 Troubleshooting Strategies for Writers, seasoned writing instructor Barbara Fine Clouse shows you how.

Clouse breaks down the process of writing any piece of nonfiction--from the creative personal essay to the business letter--into four tasks: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. With her friendly style, she leads you through each step, providing you with surefire problem-solving strategies and time-savers.

Loaded with proven techniques for breaking through writer’s block, powerful strategies for generating fresh ideas, and abundant tips and tricks, this guide will help you:

  • Uncover five myths about writing that are probably holding you back
  • Break through writer’s block
  • Discover ideas for your writing
  • Organize your ideas effectively
  • Express yourself with precision and style
  • Polish your editing skills to clean up common style and grammar errors
  • Discover your own personal writing process

Pinpointing the challenges that arise at every stage of writing, this book gives you the tools you need to tackle any problem--from the blank page all the way to the finished product.

About the Author

Barbara Fine Clouse is a longtime college composition instructor who currently conducts how-to workshops for writing teachers. Her many books include The Student Writer: Editor and Critic, Jumpstart! A Workbook for Writers, Patterns for a Purpose: A Rhetorical Reader, Progressions with Readings, and A Brief Handbook.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 3 Feb 2011
By Gillian Jack VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
I was very disappointed in this book. I read the Kindle sample and it seemed useful so I went ahead and bought the full edition. I wish I hadn't bothered. By the time I was a quarter of the way through, it was apparent how the author was going to make 256 strategies: she repeats them. By that point, she had suggested drafting an outline no less than 4 times and had barely bothered to change the wording. The examples given in the book read like high school English reports which adds to the problem of an already patronising tone. The strategies appear to be aimed at people with not the slightest bit of common sense as most of them are incredibly obvious. There's nothing in here that your average writing blog hasn't already covered, better.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mix of Obvious and Repetitive Advice 17 Jan 2010
By TW - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
265 Troubleshooting Strategies presents a number of ideas to prevail over writer's block when writing non-fiction. Clouse covers areas from first drafts, rewrites, and for final revisions.

The content is clear and straight forward and many of the ideas are practical. The book is lacking because the strategies are thin and mildly repetitive. The book is also filled with far too much obvious advice such as "Have other writers read your draft to make suggestions" and "use the internet for research." The instructions on editing offer nothing that isn't available in any book on revision.

With such a large amount of books available for writing and editing, 265 Troubleshooting Strategies is left very far back in the pack. Better choices are "Getting the Words Right" by Theodore Cheney or "A Manual of Writers Tricks" by David Carroll, both of which give a far more comprehensive guide on improving your prose as well as many fresh new ideas for writing.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Handy reference material for non-fiction writers 3 Feb 2008
By Joanna Paterson - Published on Amazon.com
Packed with practical suggestions for breaking out of your 'stuck' state and finding the writing techniques that'll help to get your words flowing again.

Some of the language is a little dry - like the repeated reference to your writing "thesis" when "point" or "focus" might have done just as well - and it's clearly designed as a reference guide rather than a book you could read straight through.

That being said there's a positive and helpful emphasis on experimenting and yes trouble-shooting: pinpointing what you're getting stuck on, and looking for a writing technique that'll work for you.
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