How to Write Anything (And 100 Words on Saturday)

How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide

by Laura Brown
published W. W. Norton & Company

Book Description

With more than two hundred how-to entries and easy-to-use models organized into three comprehensive sections on work, school, and personal life, How to Write Anything covers a wide range of topics that make it an essential guide for the whole family. You want your boss to fund a special project. How can you write a persuasive email that will win his approval? It’s time to apply to college. How can you write an essay that will stand out? The mother of one of your co-workers has died. What’s the best way to express your condolences?

Grounded in a common-sense approach, friendly and supportive, How to Write Anything is Internet-savvy, with advice throughout about choosing the most appropriate medium for your message: e-mail or pen and paper. At once a how-to, a reference book, and a pioneering guide for writing in a changing world, this is the only writing resource you’ll ever need.

The book is divided in three sections: personal writing, school writing, and professional/business writing. However, Brown recommends the same 6 steps for each endeavor. They are:

  • determine the purpose for the writing.
  • determine who the audience or the readers are
  • brainstorm ideas
  • organize thoughts and idea
  • do a final draft
  • revise, revise, revise.

“There’s nothing wrong with the six-step process…The real key to success is not going through these six steps in any particular order but simply in ensuring that you’ve touched all bases at least once as you go through the writing process.” –Laura Brown


Author Bio
Laura Brown, PhD, author of How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide, has taught writing to just about everyone — from corporate executives to high school students. Her expertise encompasses instructor-led training, individual coaching, classroom teaching, and e-learning development. She has more than twenty-five years’ experience providing training and coaching in business writing, and she has also taught composition and literature at Columbia University. She lives in New York.

My views:

This is just the kind of book to gift to a student or a writer starting out but also the kind of book I would recommend every family to own. I was amazed at the many situations included, the detailed explanations and annotations.

I received this book free from W.W. Norton & Company through the Net Galley reviewer program in exchange for an unbiased opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines.



It’s been quite a while since we did our regular 100 Words on Saturday, but we’re back now and raring to go.

How does this work?

  • We give you a prompt
  • You write a 100 words in response and post it on your blog. Remember to include a link back to this post.
  • You then add the link to our linky below
  • The linky will stay open until the following Friday.
  • You can grab the 100 Words on Saturday badge here.

Easy? Let’s get to it then.

Today’s prompt:

The tea leaves told the story

 Don’t ask me how I came up with this one! I’m looking forward to what you come up with in response!

PS: There’s still time for your to register for the Write Tribe Pro Blogger Challenge, if you haven’t done so already.

Now go ahead and work on those tea leaves! 😉




Author: Corinne Rodrigues

Lover of words | Self-acceptance blogger | Instructional designer| Book Reviewer| Blog Coach

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