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Ray Wiseman's early memory--being pushed up a rope ladder and over the side of a tramp steamer at age two--set the tone for his life. He has spent much time travelling, and most of his life looking from the hilltop of one adventure to the beginning of the next. Born in England, Ray has lived in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and South Africa. He has traveled in Africa and Asia.
Ray counts writing as his fourth career. He began his working life as an electronics technician, then returned to school to study for the Christian ministry. He spent time in the pastorate and overseas with a missionary society. He returned to electronics, working as a video systems engineer. In 1993, he took early retirement to pursue a career as a writer and speaker.
Ray graduated from Radio College of Canada (now RCC Schools) in 1952. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of General and Biblical Studies from Briercrest College. He has also studied at the Toronto Institute of Linguistics and The International Institute of Christian Communications (Daystar University College) in Nairobi.
Ray is a member of The Word Guild, an association of Canadian authors and writers who are Christian.
on Aug. 12, 2012 :
Great ideas and valuable reminders for those interested in effective communication writing skills. I wished that not only I had a book like this to improve my own teaching methods, but that I had a valuable tool such as this ebook, "Write Better", to refer my students to. My fellow student, Ray, now an effective author, has my admiration and respect for seeking to help improve the rest of us, albeit maybe a little late for some of us.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on April 04, 2012 :
Skill in writing comes only after lots of practice. The 52 clear writing tips in this handbook saved me time as I learned to improve my writing quickly. I learned how to spot faults and correct them. The instructions are easy to follow and can add life to any writing. With a wonderful sense of humour and relevant and practical examples, Ray provided the tips I needed to improve my writing.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 23, 2012 :
Ray Wiseman has been helping both fiction and non-fiction writers "write better" through his critiquing business and workshops for many years. I think it's great that he has compiled many of his tips and made them available to everyone.
This book not only includes information about improving writing skills (i.e. how to show rather than tell, avoiding the dreaded "to be" verb, using numbers, uppercase and transitions correctly), he also provides instructions on doing research, proper manuscript preparation and approaching potential markets.
He presents the information simply, clearly and concisely, with examples to demonstrate what he means. Both beginning writers and old pros will find it a handy reference book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)