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Write! Better,

a writing tip for every week of the year

These 52 tips grew out of at least 52 different sources and took many years to compile. They began in kernel form in various courses, books, workshops, and discussions. They grew as I used them in practical writing assignments and taught them in workshops.

Fifty-two weeks and 52 great tips
to make you a better writer

They say that it's money that makes the world go around, but they--whoever they are--are quite wrong. It is communication--clear, concise, precise communication--that really makes the world spin on its axis.

Consider the impact of electronic communication on our daily lives. Consider the impact of business e-mail and text-messaging and instant access to customers, clients, family and friends.

And now, consider how often your message has been misunderstood or misinterpreted; consider how often you may have misinterpreted the messages of others--and all because a message hasn't been received as the author intended it.

Ray Wiseman, an Ontario-based author--and a highly skilled writing instructor--has stepped into the written-communications breach with his new handbook, appropriately entitled Write! Better: A Writing Tip For Every Week Of The Year.

Write! Better gets directly to the point. It talks of "fat language" and "wimpy verbs" and the "fog index"--and how to eliminate all to give your writing a sharp, pointed edge.

Wiseman takes serious note of Jean-Paul Sartre's message that "words are loaded pistols"--and then he sets out to disarm those pistols by advising writers, and aspiring writers, how to ensure absolute precision and absolute clarity in their language.

The goal is simple and obvious: Wiseman wants to eliminate fuzzy, bloated and imprecise language from our written communications. He argues convincingly that clarity--and the communication of a powerful message--must be the goal, whatever it takes.

To its credit, Write! Better doesn't deal simply in the abstract. It advises aspiring writers and authors how to contact and deal with potential publishers, how to market their work, how to grab and hold the attention of busy, time-pressed editors.

In short, this is a handbook that will resonate with anyone with an interest in written communications: the business person, the aspiring writer, the job hunter--and anyone else with a love of the language.

Wiseman has done them all a considerable service. Write! Better is one of those little literary gems--a clearly written, point-form guide that will polish your writing and make your words sparkle.

Write! Better    ISBN 978-0-9688917-2-8    $10.95

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What people say about Ray's writing tips

Mr. Wiseman, you have changed the way I write. I heard you more clearly than all the teachers, professors, educators, and books on writing that I have had in my life. My wife, Julianne, an English graduate who edits my writing, now edits the Ray Way and it reads so much easier and cleaner.
    --Wayne Browning, Children's book author, Florida

Ray Wiseman's name should help sell this book. His tips are both wise and practical. His wealth of editing and publishing experience is obvious and his writing skill gives him undisputed credentials.
    --Marcia Lee Laycock, Author of One Smooth Stone and Focused Reflections

Ray Wiseman has offered what every aspiring writer needs: quick, practical tips that are immediately applicable to any writing project.
    --Karen Stiller, associate editor of Faith Today, editor of Women Alive magazine

With a wonderful sense of humour and relevant and practical examples, Ray provided the tips I needed to improve my writing.
    --Kimberley Payne, author of the Fit for Faith health series and Voice of a New Christian devotional series


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Fergus, ON N1M 1Z4
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Phone: (519) 787-0178

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Web page recap: About Ray's book, Write Better, a writing tip for every week of the year--communication--clear, concise, precise--it talks of "fat language" and "wimpy verbs" and the "fog index"-eliminate fuzzy, bloated and imprecise language from written communications. It tells how to contact and deal with potential publisherss. One of those little literary gems-a wonderful sense of humour and relevant and practical examples. $10.95