Secrets of Writing Killer Essays
GenreSelf-help / Education
Age Rating:R15
Submitted:Thursday, 8 January 2009
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Read by:412 different readers

This book comes at a time when English-language markets in Europe, America and the Commonwealth are opening more than ever to global distribution. There are now more people attending universities and colleges than at any time in human history. Therefore this book has a high potential for sales in America, UK, European Union, Canada and Australasia. Certainly higher than any previous book in this genre.
In the text, to avoid writing the book in a vacuum as a series of hypotheticals, real life examples are taken from evolution, George Bush, Pol Pot, Mao Zedong, the Church, Islam, Sigmund Freud and more. These controversial references will rankle some. In the long run this cultural irritation should create controversy and reviews.

Dr McMiken advocates writing essays with conviction, using rationality and a warm personal style of contemporary prose. He shows how to shape academic essays, reports and research proposals to give them persuasive power. Dr McMiken emphasises that the first principle of writing is having something worthwhile to say. He promotes a writing process to provoke insights and code these thoughts to paper.
Here is analytical thinking entwined at all levels with context and the writing process. This is not for the faint hearted, or for the writer of ethereal prose. This writing evolves from a process of analysis, deduction, inference, argument and oh, yes, at its core is creativity.
Dr McMiken explains how to find and interview experts and plumb the secrets of the deep web. The usual topics are there: referencing, research and writing style. The real value of this text though, lies in its emphasis on rational thinking to extract truth and meaning from the material.

Support from Arthur Plotnik: The bestselling author of Elements of Editing and Spunk & Bite (Random 2007) says this:

Secrets of Writing Killer Essays does some killing itself of stodgy and off-message academic conventions while bringing new life and buoyancy to college and university writing instruction.
(Arthur Plotnik: Personal communication Feb.10, 2008)


List of chapters

Ch. 1 What writing is about
Ch. 2 Table of Contents
Ch. 3 Getting started


Ash Night Monday, 3 January 2011
This really makes sense to me and it helps me find answers to a lot of questions I hade! Thank you so much!
Briley Wednesday, 4 November 2009
As a college student who is learning how to write, I really like what you have so far. Please keep writing more because I feel like I could learn a lot from this.
Mary-Annalee DiGiovanni Friday, 9 January 2009
i cannot wait to see the rest of this!
A H Shadow Rai Thursday, 8 January 2009
No doubt and true that, it's exactly how I write Poetry & Lyrics. There are no more rules in writing my friend, I totally agree *^_^* Looking forward to more <3

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