A Troubleshooting Guide for Writers: Strategies and Process

© 2013
by Barbara Fine Clouse

7th Edition 224 Pages Paperback / softback
9780073405919 0073405914
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A Troubleshooting Guide for Writers is a compendium of strategies for handling all aspects of writing, from prewriting through editing. Designed for use independently by students as a resource book or as an in-class text, A Troubleshooting Guide for Writers helps students discover specific strategies for improving their writing processes and for solving specific writing problems. Known for its concise, effective coverage and student-friendly style, A Troubleshooting Guide for Writers offers an exceptional variety of writing strategies for students.

A Troubleshooting Guide for Writers: Strategies and Process, Fifth Edition

Myths About Writing: An Introduction

Part One: A Troubleshooting Guide to Prewriting

Chapter One: "I Don't Know What to Write."

Chapter Two: "How Do I Write a Thesis?"

Chapter Three: "How Do I Get My Ideas to Fit Together?"

Part Two: A Troubleshooting Guide to Drafting

Chapter Four: "I Know What I Want to Say, But I Can't Say It."

Chapter Five: "I'm Having Trouble With My Introduction."

Chapter Six: "How Do I Back Up What I Say?"

Chapter Seven: "I Don't Know How To End."

Chapter Eight: "I Can't Think of the Right Word."

Part Three: A Troubleshooting Guide to Revising

Chapter Nine: "I Thought my Draft was Better Than This."

Chapter Ten: "I Don't Know What to Change."

Chapter Eleven: "Is It Cheating if Someone Helps Me?"

Chapter Twelve: "My Ideas Seem All Mixed Up."

Chapter Thirteen: "My Draft is too Short."

Chapter Fourteen: "My Draft is too Long."

Chapter Fifteen: "My Writing Seems Boring."

Chapter Sixteen: "My Writing Sounds Choppy."

Part IV: A Troubleshooting Guide to Editing

Chapter Seventeen: "I Don't Find My Mistakes."

Chapter Eighteen: "I Used a Period and a Capital Letter, So Why Isn't This a Sentence?"

Chapter Nineteen: "How Can This be a Run-on or a Comma Splice? It's Not Even Long."

Chapter Twenty: "It is I; It is Me-What's the Difference?"

Chapter Twenty-One: "How do I Know Which Verb Form to Use?"

Chapter Twenty-Two: "I'm Unsure About Modifiers."

Chapter Twenty-Three: "Can't I Just Place a Comma Wherever I Pause?"

Chapter Twenty-Four: "What if I Want to Quote Somebody?"

Chapter Twenty-Five: "I Have Trouble with Apostrophes."

Chapter Twenty-Six: "I Never Know What to Capitalize."

Chapter Twenty-Seven: "I Can't Spell."

Part V: A Troubleshooting Guide to Research

Chapter Twenty-Eight: "How Do I Find Good Sources-and Why Do I Need Them?"

Chapter Twenty-Nine: "What Do I Do with the Sources I Find?"

Chapter Thirty: "What Does an Essay With Sources Look Like?" Appendixes Appendix A: "English is Not My First Language" Appendix B: "I Get Nervous Writing in Class" Appendix C: "I Need a Writing Topic" Index

New to this Edition

Incorporation of the latest MLA and APA formats--with additional models for documenting electronic sources--keeps this text up-to-date.

The introduction includes a new, annotated student essay to illustrate points made about essay structure.

19 new troubleshooting strategies help all users improve their writing processes.


Retained Features

Expanded discussion of collaboration teaches students to give helpful feedback for group writing projects and peer review.

Additional strategies for composing at the computer guide students in the way they write today.

Brevity and Affordability: Priced and sized with students in mind, this ready reference keeps explanations brief and clear.

Comprehensive Coverage: 332 troubleshooting strategies--19 new to this edition--guide students through their writing processes.

Emphasis on the Writing Process: The book's organization reflects the stages of the writing process, from prewriting through editing.

Examples at All Stages of the Process: "Examining a Draft" sections use clear, realistic examples to illustrate specific sections of a draft during the revision process.

Thorough Coverage of Research: Part V focuses on research and documentation; Chapters 27-29 include coverage of MLA and APA style sheets and feature an annotated sample student research paper.

Plagiarism Alerts throughout the book help students identify potential problems with intentional and unintentional plagiarism.

Practical Appendices: Three appendices offer strategies for multi-lingual students; hints for taking essay exams and writing in-class; and suggestions for writing topics.

Connect Composition, an additional online resource, is available for a separate purchase or packaged with the text. Offering unparalleled resources through the peer review function, online tutors, and numerous author videos; Connect Composition is much more than just an online handbook! This web optimized handbook with visuals, video, and Google-like search capabilities goes beyond the standard ebook in an effort to engage and interact with today's student. For more information please contact your local sales representative.

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