• Write for Your Life

  • A Guide to Clear and Purposeful Writing (and Presentations)
  • By: Charles Wheelan
  • Narrated by: William Sarris
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Write for Your Life

By: Charles Wheelan
Narrated by: William Sarris
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The bestselling author's practical guide to writing clearly and convincingly in every professional setting.

Charles Wheelan has spent decades mastering effective communication skills in his work as a writer, college professor, journalist, speechwriter, political candidate, and public speaker. In Write for Your Life, he shares his best tips. He covers how to organize and present information, why it's necessary to adapt one's tone to different audiences, and when to use summaries, sidebars, bullet points, and other tools for making information more digestible. He explores the truth behind popular clichés like "Show don't tell" and "Kill your darlings," and discusses the proper use and attribution of quotations from secondary sources.

Throughout, the book is leavened with memorable anecdotes from leading magazine and newspaper writers and public figures such as Winston Churchill and Elena Kagan, as well as a diverse array of the best communicators from the worlds of culture, sports, and politics. Write for Your Life is an essential guide for anyone needing to get their ideas across whether in a memo, report, presentation, fundraising letter, or speech.

©2022 Charles Wheelan (P)2022 Tantor

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Most practical guide to clear writing that I’ve found

Charles Wheelan is a really smart guy. He’s also able to take a complex topic, boil it down to its critical points, and then present it in a clear and engaging way to a wide audience. His books on statistics, economics, and money are great examples of forbidding topics that he’s made fun and accessible. He’s put the same sort of literary workmanship into this guide, which is the most pragmatic guide to writing that I’ve come across. If my english and writing classes had been taught this way in high school and college, I would have loved the subject rather than merely tolerated it. Thanks, Chuck.

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