Sin and syntax: how to craft wickedly effective prose

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Broadway Books, Mar 20, 2001 - Foreign Language Study - 289 pages
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Today's writers need more spunk than Strunk: whether it's the Great American e-mail, Madison Avenue advertising, or Grammy Award-winning rap lyrics, memorable writing must jump off the page. Copy veteran Constance Hale is on a mission to make creative communication, both the lyrical and the unlawful, an option for everyone. With its crisp, witty tone, Sin and Syntax covers grammar's ground rules while revealing countless unconventional syntax secrets (such as how to useGasp!interjections or when to pepper your prose with slang) that make for sinfully good writing. Discover how to: *Distinguish between words that are "pearls" and words that are "potatoes" * Avoid "couch potato thinking" and "commitment phobia" when choosing verbs * Use literary devices such as onomatopoeia, alliteration, and metaphor (and understand what you're doing) Everyone needs to know how to write stylish prosestudents, professionals, and seasoned writers alike. Whether you're writing to sell, shock, or just sing, Sin and Syntax is the guide you need to improve your command of the English language.

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It was clear, concise, and full of great writing tips. - Goodreads
Not at all helpful for academic or business writing. - Goodreads
Not a bad reference book for grammar and style. - Goodreads
Easy to read, funny and sarcastic but informative. - Goodreads
Hale's layout is logical and consistent. - Goodreads
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Review: Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose

User Review  - Tj Wilson - Goodreads

Hale shows us that writing guides can be well written. Her writing is witty, funny and succinct. Sometimes, she is a little too succinct with her descriptions, which means that a novice writer might get lost in her explanation prose; however, I forgive her. Read full review

Review: Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose

User Review  - Juan Maestas - Goodreads

I really enjoy Constance Hale's wit, which is one reason why I refer to this book often while I'm in the editing process. The only thing that bothers me about this book, one which certainly isn't the ... Read full review



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