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Chapter 1. Introduction > Some Helpful Resources

Some Helpful Resources

If you want to begin developing better writing skills, you don’t have to sign up for a course or wade through a grammar book. All you have to do is apply a few simple principles of effective writing. This book will help you do that. For readers who have the time and desire to pursue the matter of writing improvement further, I strongly recommend the entire series of articles printed as advertisements by International Paper Company. Of particular interest to business writers are “How to Write with Style” by Kurt Vonnegut, “How to Write Clearly” by Edward Thompson, “How to Write a Business Letter” by Malcolm Forbes, and “How to Punctuate” by Russell Baker. Doubleday has now published 13 of the two page articles in a book titled How to Use the Power of the Printed Word. For information write to International Paper Co., Dept. 16Z, P.O. Box 954, Madison Sq. Sta., N.Y., NY 10010.

Some other books that will also help you build your skills as a writer are Elements of Style by Strunk and White, On Writing Well by William Zinsser, and Better Business Writing by Susan L.Brock. A grammar handbook is also handy. An excellent, brief manual that contains all you need to know about English grammar and usage is English Simplified by Blanche Ellsworth.


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