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January 21, 2013


John Sammut

Hello Lynn,

Thanks for sharing this information. I am now waiting for my copy to be delivered. The word "fulsomely" was new to me too.


Thanks Lynn for the recommendation!

I have been a fan of Garner's Mod. American Usage. I will be getting a copy of the new book as soon as I can get to WiFi on my ereader.

Fulsomely is certainly not something I would use. I did understand the sentences from a context standpoint, but I don't think I could give a definition on fulsomely if it was required.

Another great post.


This book sounds like just the thing for me. I wish I had an editor who used its ideas on my work relentlessly. I learn best from repeated correction.

I wish my whole company would internalize these teachings!

Thanks for the recommendation

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, John. If you have time, please comment again when you receive the guide and have had a chance to dip into it.


Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, MaryHazel. I am glad you enjoyed the post and are getting the guide. Let us know what you think of it.


Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Jennifer. I am with you. Wouldn't we all appreciate the comments of a good editor. As far as spreading the knowledge at your company, why not share the book with your human resources or training manager? Share my review too.

Thanks for commenting.


Lisa Marie

I'm with Jennifer on wishing I could get all of my colleagues to buy into this! Thanks for a great review, Lynn- I will be purchasing the book on my ereader this week.

Regarding "fulsomely," I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to guess the correct definition from the context. I'm a bit surprised he would use that word, too.

From what I gathered in this review, I just have one concern or caveat. Personally, I feel strongly about keeping my own "voice" consistent throughout my writing. For this reason, it is difficult for me to accept some suggestions that are outside of my personal writing style, such as Garner's sentence, "What a wonderful host you were last week." But I understand that the goal is to follow the principles themselves, not the suggestions word-for-word.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Lisa Marie. I agree with you about the value of using a consistent voice in your writing. If you were to follow Garner's suggestion about focusing on "you" rather than "I," how would you apply it? Perhaps it would be as simple as using a normal word order, as in "You were a wonderful host last week."

What do you think?


Lisa Marie

Thank you, Lynn- that was a great example of how simple it can be to apply these principles while still maintaining one's own voice. I would definitely feel comfortable writing, "You were a wonderful host last week."

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Lisa Marie. I am glad you like the example. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to think about your comment and respond.


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If you want an exercise book to improve your writing, this is it. I need it to help design a biz writing course and it was useful to design activities. It's not useful in understanding the 'why' of business writing. It focuses on the doing of biz writing. I need doing so I'm happy with the book. If I needed more content to understand the 'why', then I'd be disappointed in this.

By the way, Thanks Lynn for the review. :)

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Interesting comment. I did not have the same reaction. The introduction, "Why You Need to Write Well," and the first chapter, "Know Why You're Writing," seemed to cover the why.

Perhaps you mean you were looking for a unique theme or approach to writing to help you design the class.

In any case, thanks for sharing your view.


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This is a great book for just about anyone in business - it covers everything from emails to much more formal business writing. In addition to the strategies and dos and don'ts, there is a wealth of information available in the appendices.

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