Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose

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Broadway Books, 1999 - Reference - 285 pages
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An expert on contemporary copywriting offers advice on up-to-date writing styles, showing how to break through conventional modes to achieve a striking and hip style.

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Sin and syntax: how to craft wickedly effective prose

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Hale, editor of the hip Wired Style (LJ 10/1/96), has put together a writing/grammar manual that is fresh and fun. The basic rules are here, and they are well explained. The "sin" from the title is ... Read full review

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Sorry. The wink and nod grates.
Ms Hale thoughtfully responded with "personalized" spam nine months after I sent her a comment. I am so happy that writing to her resulted in being put on a
merchant's mailing list.
The email did say she would entertain further correspondence iff I found and read her newly marketed book. That is so sweet of her! While I doubt anyone will bother to scan or upload her magnum opus, if it ever appears on a torrent site, I will gladly give it the consideration that it deserves.
Ms Hale forgot the rule which precedes (and trumps) her breezy clones of Strunk & White: don't bother writing in the first place if the prospective communication is insincere, unwelcome, or just crass.



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Constance Hale ( is the author of Wired Style, the one-of-a-kind guide to online English usage and geekspeak that was hailed by Newsweek as "The Chicago Manual of Style for the Millennium." A former editor at Wired, Hale has written for numerous publications including the San Francisco Examiner and The Microsoft Network. She has created maverick writing courses for people of all ages, including a popular seminar called "Grammar for Grownups," and currently teaches at U.C. Berkeley. She lives in Oakland, California.

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