This classic book/workbook helps readers who feel underprepared for writing tasks move step-by-step toward writing competency. Using a clear, informal, light-hearted narrative and intensive practice, it guides readers assuredly through the process of organizing a paragraph, structuring its sentences, and choosing effective wording and punctuation. Explains how to apply the details and methods of arrangement required to compose unified, coherent, and well-developed paragraphs for all major modes of writing -- narrating, describing, explaining a process, explaining with examples, comparing or contrasting, classifying, defining, persuading. Intersperses grammar instruction between writing instruction and word instruction. Features anecdotes, student and professional examples, cartoons, and exercises throughout. Provides a "Do's and Don'ts" section in all chapters. Includes numerous boxed Guidelines for a convenient quick overview or review of important concepts in encapsulated form. For anyone needing to develop writing competency at the paragraph level.