“There’s no such thing as a person who can’t write. I’ve met people who hate to write, and I’ve met people who think their writing is no good. But I’ve never met anyone who can’t write. Anyone can write, and anyone can write anything they need to.” So says Laura Brown, the author of How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide, coming from W. W. Norton this spring. Laura has nearly 30 years’ experience teaching writing to just about everyone, from high school students to CEOs. “We’re all writing more than ever before,” she says, “and my mission is to help people become competent and confident writers.”
How to Write Anything is designed to help the broadest possible audience. With more than two hundred how-to entries and easy-to-use models organized into three comprehensive sections on work, school, and personal life, the book covers a wide range of topics that make it an essential guide for the whole family. It also offers an innovative approach to the writing process that can be used for any writing task. 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.
How to Write Anything is more than a book. It is also a branded entity with a long reach.
Laura is developing www.howtowriteanything.com as a rich resource for all kinds of writing advice. It offers a free downloadable report, “The Five Most Common Writing Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them.” There are also free resources on grammar, punctuation, overcoming writer’s block, and specific writing tasks. The How to Write Anything blog offers more support and advice. A weekly newsletter of writing tips is launching later this month.
A suite of online video courses is also under development. The first, “How to Overcome Writer’s Block,” is available at Udemy.com. Courses on how to edit your own writing and how to create effective resumes are currently in the works.
Laura also offers training and coaching for individuals and small groups, as well as consulting on communication strategies for organizations.
According to Laura, “writing ability can mean the difference between success and failure for individuals and organizations. If you can get your point across clearly and concisely in writing, you can reach the audience you want to reach and motivate people to act. It’s not that hard to learn. My goal is to give you the writing skills you need to stand out from the crowd.”
Click here to read a review of the book from Kirkus Reviews.
Laura Brown has written the ultimate guide for anyone who needs to create clear, concise, and compelling written communications. With all of its dos and don’ts, good and bad examples, and perfect models, the book not only teaches good writing, it’s like having a virtual ghostwriter looking over your shoulder and helping you craft the perfect message. Students, business people, and even seasoned professional writers should keep WRITE ANYTHING handy, right between their dictionary and thesaurus.
Michael Snell Literary Agent, Writing Collaborator, and author of FROM BOOK IDEA TO BESTSELLER