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Preface

Preface

Clear writing is a step-by-step process. This book is designed to teach you to write basic business letters and memos—one step at a time. In fact, it teaches you the basic steps in writing anything—one step at a time. Clear Writing provides an easy-to-follow formula to help you write clearly, in complete sentences. Once you learn the formula, you can always write clearly. Each step builds on the previous step, and there are many examples to help you understand the step you are mastering. At first you work with nouns and verbs, then short, easy sentences. You practice each step until you have mastered it. Then you tackle longer sentences. Move through the book at your own pace. As you work through the steps, the correct answers are always at the end of the section. This method helps you gain confidence as you gain skill. You will learn what to say and how to say it in a way that helps your reader understand your meaning.

Clear writing is possible for everyone. If writing is difficult for your because English is your second language or you did not complete high school, this book offers real help. If you did not understand all the fuss about nouns and verbs in English class, you will find help here. Or if you just want more work with basic writing skills, this book will be very useful. If you stay with it and commit yourself to the task, you can improve your present writing skills. Users of this formula have been shown to improve their writing skills by more than fifty percent, based on the SEEK Index developed by Diana Bonet and Alan Cohen.

Clear writing is not difficult. You need to know only a few rules in order to write well. This book contains the most important rules and shows you how to use them. For complete information on spelling, punctuation, and special problems with English as a second language, refer to Jack Swenson’s companion book, The Building Blocks of Business Writing.

Clear writing is important. You can improve your image, get a better job, and earn more money if you write well. You also save time and money for your company, and create good relations with your coworkers and customers. Good writing tells your readers that you are thinking clearly. It gives them confidence in you.

We hope you enjoy Clear Writing and find it useful. Writing can change from a boring job to a pleasant task, and with your new skills you might even find that writing is fun. Anything is possible! Grab your pencil and let’s get started.

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