It may surprise you to learn that confident writing has little to do with natural talent. In fact, most of what makes writers confident (and competent) boils down to mastering the basics.
Author, coach and communications consultant Alan Gelb teaches his students that writing is not something to get right or wrong. Instead, it’s something to work at. In his book Seven Steps to Confident Writing, he organizes his proven coaching into sections, teaching skills such as:
- Writing to an audience
- Clarity and brevity
- Sentence structure
The seven steps include seeing the big picture, gearing up and revelling in the amazing, expandable, elastic, evolving sentence.
Gelb takes readers on a journey from shifting the way they think about writing, through key grammar, word usage and writing rules and finishes with polishing (what he calls lapidary work).
He uses examples from his own career to help readers understand how mastering the basics can lead to a career as a writer.
Entering the world of copywriting turned out to be a great thing for me, not just because it provided a good steady income, but also because it helped me become a far more precise writer.Alan Gelb, Seven Steps to Confident Writing
Gelb has been a writer for more than four decades and uses common examples from his students’ (and his own) work throughout Seven Steps to Confident Writing. However, he never comes across as condescending or superior. You get the sense he genuinely wants you to become a confident writer.
Filled with helpful case studies, templates and samples, Seven Steps to Confident Writing is an inviting, encouraging read.
Are you ready to become a confident writer?
Seven Steps to Confident Writing synopsis
Not everyone is a natural writer. In fact, most people don’t think that much about writing until they’re called upon to write something like an office memo or a wedding speech and find themselves paralyzed with self-doubt.
Author and writing coach Alan Gelb specializes in helping anxious writers find their voice, drawing upon techniques that can improve anyone’s writing, sometimes in a matter of days.
His compact and easy-to-use guide demystifies the writing process and shows readers how to sculpt concise sentences, shape well-structured paragraphs, polish a final draft, and combat procrastination. Best of all, readers will see for themselves that writing is not an inborn talent but a skill that can be mastered with a bit of patience and perseverance.
Seven Steps to Confident Writing was published on March 12, 2019 by New World Library.
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