Mastering the art of writing is one of the most important, yet most challenging tasks for many people. Without proper writing skills, completing the easiest assignment can quickly become an insurmountable problem. From English to business to economics, writing is an essential skill for nearly every subject and career. Offering clear, straightforward guidance, The Facts On File Guide to Good Writing outlines the basics of writing for anyone looking to improve writing skills or knowledge of the English language. Coverage includes: Preparing to write: thinking, researching, and planning Writing your document: finding a voice and composing paragraphs Revising your document: editing, proofreading, and checking for consistency Grammar: parts of speech, phrases, and sentences Words in use: vocabulary, spelling, sensitive terms, and slang Words often confused: misspelled or misused words Punctuation: capital letters, commas, periods, and more Reference resources: dictionaries, thesauruses, and other sources. From grammar and its correct usage to the process of drafting and editing a variety of written communications, this guide is an essential tool for anyone who uses the English language. Excerpted from The Facts on File Guide to Good Writing by Martin H. Manser All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.