Many students dread writing essays because no one has bothered to break down the process in a clear, down-to-earth fashion. Beidler offers both good and bad examples, explaining why the writers succeeded or why they went astray.
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($13.95, 230 pages, 6×9 Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60381-174-3), Beidler improves on the first by presenting an expanded section on editing.
Beidler’s Writing Matters for fifteen years because I prefer it to all other how-to writing textbooks that cross my desk.
Writing Matters is far more accessible to students than the typical composition text.
Each succinct chapter is itself a persuasive essay that shows (simultaneously as it tells) how to focus and develop an argument, how to write clearly and concisely, and how to anticipate and “deal with” probable reader objections.
Although Beidler’s book is simple, direct, and sometimes humorous, it does not condescend.
Writing Matters gives them simultaneously both precept and example.
The ‘Editing Matters’ section comprising forty-seven rules (deftly keyed in a Quick Reference Guide at the end) is a wonderful bonus.