It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences

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Ten Speed Press, 2010 - Reference - 214 pages
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Great writing isn’t born, it’s built—sentence by sentence. But too many writers—and writing guides—overlook this most important unit. The result? Manuscripts that will never be published and writing careers that will never begin.
 
In this wickedly humorous manual, language columnist June Casagrande uses grammar and syntax to show exactly what makes some sentences great—and other sentences suck.
 
With chapters on “Conjunctions That Kill” and “Words Gone Wild,” this lighthearted guide is perfect for anyone who’s dead serious about writing, from aspiring novelists to nonfiction writers, conscientious students to cheeky literati. So roll up your sleeves and prepare to craft one bold, effective sentence after another. Your readers will thank you.
 

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Why I read it: Passed it in the library. I was curious what an entire book about sentences could even be filled with (to differentiate itself from, say, a grammar book), especially as someone who ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter
7
Chapter
17
MOVABLE OBJECTSI
29
Relative Clauses
72
Participles and Other D11 nglers
85
N0tS0Definite Definite Articles
112
Appendix 1
125
Streamlining Even the Most
149
The Most incriminating Errors
204
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June Casagrande is a journalist and editor who writes the weekly syndicated grammar column “A Word, Please.” The author of Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies and Mortal Syntax, June lives in Pasadena, California.

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