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A Troubleshooting Guide for Writers: Strategies and Process, Fifth Edition

Myths About Writing: An Introduction

Part One: A Troubleshooting Guide to Prewriting

Chapter One: "I Don't Know What to Write."

Chapter Two: "How Do I Write a Thesis?"

Chapter Three: "How Do I Get My Ideas to Fit Together?"

Part Two: A Troubleshooting Guide to Drafting

Chapter Four: "I Know What I Want to Say, But I Can't Say It."

Chapter Five: "I'm Having Trouble With My Introduction."

Chapter Six: "How Do I Back Up What I Say?"

Chapter Seven: "I Don't Know How To End."

Chapter Eight: "I Can't Think of the Right Word."

Part Three: A Troubleshooting Guide to Revising

Chapter Nine: "I Thought my Draft was Better Than This."

Chapter Ten: "I Don't Know What to Change."

Chapter Eleven: "Is It Cheating if Someone Helps Me?"

Chapter Twelve: "My Ideas Seem All Mixed Up."

Chapter Thirteen: "My Draft is too Short."

Chapter Fourteen: "My Draft is too Long."

Chapter Fifteen: "My Writing Seems Boring."

Chapter Sixteen: "My Writing Sounds Choppy."

Part IV: A Troubleshooting Guide to Editing

Chapter Seventeen: "I Don't Find My Mistakes."

Chapter Eighteen: "I Used a Period and a Capital Letter, So Why Isn't This a Sentence?"

Chapter Nineteen: "How Can This be a Run-on or a Comma Splice? It's Not Even Long."

Chapter Twenty: "It is I; It is Me-What's the Difference?"

Chapter Twenty-One: "How do I Know Which Verb Form to Use?"

Chapter Twenty-Two: "I'm Unsure About Modifiers."

Chapter Twenty-Three: "Can't I Just Place a Comma Wherever I Pause?"

Chapter Twenty-Four: "What if I Want to Quote Somebody?"

Chapter Twenty-Five: "I Have Trouble with Apostrophes."

Chapter Twenty-Six: "I Never Know What to Capitalize."

Chapter Twenty-Seven: "I Can't Spell."

Part V: A Troubleshooting Guide to Research

Chapter Twenty-Eight: "How Do I Find Good Sources-and Why Do I Need Them?"

Chapter Twenty-Nine: "What Do I Do with the Sources I Find?"

Chapter Thirty: "What Does an Essay With Sources Look Like?"


Appendix A: "English is Not My First Language"

Appendix B: "I Get Nervous Writing in Class"

Appendix C: "I Need a Writing Topic"