Sunday, June 12, 2011

101 Ways to Boost Your Writing Skills

101 Ways to Boost Your Writing Skills

by Linda Williams Aber

Educational, Soft Cover, Published by Scholastic India, 2006, 96 pages, black and white, $ 2.95, purchased at Scholastic school fair

Reviewed by Earl Lourenço

Want to be a better writer? Can’t find any ideas? Don’t know how or where to begin? Well, if you’re asking these questions, this book is the perfect teacher to teach to yourself how to boost your writing skills – in 101 ways!

The book teaches you how to be an organized writer. To start writing a book, the most hardest task is how to begin. Those who have no problem beginning, later run out of ideas for the body and the conclusion. All of you with these problems can refer to this book.

It helps you create ideas for great beginnings, middle paragraphs or bodies with great punch and fantastic endings. Author Linda Williams has solved all of our problems.

The book shows how to write different forms of writing. Expression, informative, novels, persuasive, humorous, everything. It helps in raising one’s level of vocabulary and most importantly, imagination.

There are a number of books in the same series that I have read, 101 Ways to Boost Your Maths, Science Skills, etc.

After reading this book, I have been able to express myself in my writings. My teachers at school love my articles, pie charts, formal/informal letters, compositions, etc.

At $2.95, I think this book should be in every student’s desk, as I have said earlier, it’s your best teacher who will teach you to write.

Here are a few excerpts:

1. The wastebasket is the writer’s best friend.

2. There are several rules for writing a book, unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

3. The most original thing a writer can do is write like himself. It is also his most difficult task.

Rating: 10 out of 10. It's perfect for its purpose!

Earl Lourenço

Std 10, Loyola High School, Margao, Goa


  1. Dear Earl,
    I liked your review, especially the three excerpts you posted, because excerpts 1 and 3 were so practical. I, too, like Linda and you, have found my wastebasket to be my best friend. And this is for two reasons:
    1, It encourages me to throw bad writing away; and 2, sometimes I can reach into the wastebasket and pull out what I had thrown away, because on second thought I find that early piece to be better than the versions I produced later.
    Keep it up!

  2. quite a good review Earl!
    I completely abide with you in the fact that this book would really help anybody to improve their writing skills.. :)
    Keep up the good work!