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Contents Introduction Section One: The Goof Up - Skipping Important Prewriting Steps Rule #1: Find Your Voice: Journaling Rule #2: Take a Personal Inventory Rule #3: Expand Your Notes Rule #4: Explore the Topics Rule #5: Choose a Topic Section Two: The Goof-Up- Not Writing a Workable Rough Draft Rule #6: Focus Your Topic Rule #7: It's All in the Details Rule #8: Write to Your Audience Rule #9: Write a Compelling Introduction Rule #10: Use the Body of Your Essay Effectively Rule #11: Finish with a Flourish Rule #12: Watch What You Read Section Three: The Goof-Up-Writing without Clarity Rule #13: Make Modifiers Work for You Rule #14: Be Concise Rule #15: Eliminate Ambiguity Rule #16: Avoid Unclear Pronoun References Rule #17: Avoid Unnecessary Repetition Rule #18: Think Twice before Opening Your Thesaurus Section Four: The Goof-Up-Choosing the Wrong Words Rule #19: Learn the Most Commonly Confused Words, and Use Them Properly Rule #20: Learn the Most Misused Words, and Use Them Properly Rule #21: Don't Use Words That Aren't Really Words Rule #22: Don't Use Words or Phrases That Might Offend Your Reader Rule #23: Understand Positive and Negative Connotations to Choose Words Wisely Rule #24: Formality versus Informality Rule #25: Avoid Overly Informal and Overused Language Section Five: The Goof-Up-Misunderstanding the Basic Mechanics of Writing Rule #26: Avoid Common Usage Errors with Parts of Speech Rule #27: Avoid Dangling Participles and Misplaced Modifiers Rule #28: Nouns and Verbs Must Agree in Number Rule #29: Strive To Write In The Active, Rather Than The Passive, Voice Rule #30: Avoid Verb Tense Shifts Rule #31: Avoid Double Negatives Rule #32: There is No Excuse for Spelling Mistakes Rule #33: Use Punctuation Marks Correctly Rule #34: Use Capital Letters Appropriately Section Six: The Goof-Up-Not Revising, Editing, and Proofreading Your Essay Rule #35: How to Revise Rule #36: How to Edit Rule #37: Professional Revision and Editing Tricks: Harnessing the Power of Your Word Processor Rule #38: How to Proofread Rule #39: Professional Proofreading Tricks to Catch Spelling Error Section Seven: The Goof-Up-Using the Wrong Application Rule #40: The In's and Out's of Online Submission Rule #41: The In's and Out's of Mail In submission Section 8: Resources Appendix A: Online and Print Resources, Spell- and Grammar-Checking Functions Appendix B: Answer Key
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