In this book I focus on the very expansive field of literal writing. The practice by many English departments of offering Creative Writing courses implies that literal writing is somehow non-creative. Apparently only those who write poems and dramas and short stories and novels communicate on that exhalted level.
The proper division of the field of composition, in my judgment, lies between literal and literary writing - as much of the most creative writing of all is done without literary embellishment. The fields of scientific and social-scientific and business and journalistic writing often involve highly original and creative thinking and expression without ever crossing the line into the literary realm. From the standpoint of preparing students for the world of work, developing their composition skills on a literal level is perhaps more important than teaching them to write poetry and short stories and dramas and novels. Far more people on their jobs will find themselves being asked to write scientific and newspaper and business reports than those who are expected to compose works of literature. Another book in this series titled "Conventions of Literary Writing" will help students to understand those practices followed by literary writers in order to spin their tales and stretch their readers' imaginations.