The book Just Write It! is an absolute ‘must have’ for those searching for ways to improve and master their English writing skills, either within an academic or a professional field. The book provides a variety of innovative techniques and tips that help you to become a creative and efficient writer.
I must admit that before I found Just Write It!, it was quite a challenge for me to start writing tasks, such as motivation or cover letters, that required demonstrating creativity and individualism. I also felt my business correspondence and reports were too long, lifeless and ‘heavy to digest’ from the reader perspective. Consequently, I failed to draw adequate attention to the content which was often crucial in my overall performance in projects and other assignments.
I feel that my writing skills have been substantially upgraded after I devoted some time to diligently follow the exercises from the book. The exercises were amazingly uncomplicated and funny at the same time. The noticeable benefits were clearer structure and useful vocabulary that particularly came in handy for different writing tasks. The creative part of me was woken up, too and contributed to help liven up my writing.
Thanks to the advice provided in the book I am now able to write informative and engaging e-mails and memos that are easy to read and simply likeable. I often get positive feedback from colleagues at work on my writing performance. Finally, I managed to write a winning cover letter that has helped me to get a dream job.I intend to continue on the learning path with my personal writing guidance, the book Just Write It!, that I can always consult for reliable advice.
Magdalena Hubert, Analyst at Nasdaq OMX
Critical thinking is essential for both creative and academic writing. And one of the most challenging tasks for a writing instructor is to motivate students to think critically. Just Write it! does just that. The practical writing exercises force the student to think critically by crystallizing their own ideas in their own words. Through step-by-step procedures the student grows accustomed to thinking by writing, and writing by thinking. Although some tasks appear casual, the exercises are rigorous for both the unskilled and skilled writer. Those instructors working with ESL students will find this book exceedingly helpful if used for what it is intended – an exercise book. Unlike most writing books, Just Write It! does not focus on metadiscourse and mechanics, rather, performance and perceptions. Therefore, it should supplement not supplant well-established writing manuals, e.g., Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style.
William Warner, PhD, Associate Professor – Writing Centre, Norwegian University of Life Sciences