Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite

By June Casagrande

What do suicidal pandas, doped-up rock stars, and a unadorned Pamela Anderson have in universal? They’re all a heck of much more fascinating than analyzing approximately predicate nominatives and hyphens. June Casagrande understands this and has invented a complete new twist at the grammar ebook. Grammar Snobs Are nice huge Meanies is a laugh-out-loud humorous selection of anecdotes and essays on grammar and punctuation, in addition to hilarious evaluations of the self-appointed language experts.

Chapters include:

  • I’m scripting this whereas Naked—The Oh-So Steamy Predicate Nominative

  • Semicolonoscopy—Colons, Semicolons, Dashes, and different Probing Annoyances

  • I’ll Take "I believe Like a Moron" for $200, Alex—When to place Punctuation within citation Marks

  • Snobbery Up with that you usually are not positioned Up—Prepositions

  • Is Dangler on your Memo or Are you simply blissful to work out Me?

  • Hyphens—Life-Sucking, Mom-and-Apple-Pie-Hating, Mime-Loving, Nerd-Fight-Inciting Daggers of the Damned

Casagrande promises useful and enjoyable language classes no longer came upon anyplace else, demystifying the topic and taking it again from the snobs. briefly, it’s a grammar ebook humans will truly are looking to read—just for the joys of it.

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Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose, Second Edition

By Mark Turner

For greater than a decade, Clear and easy because the Truth has guided readers to think about type no longer as a sublime accent of powerful prose yet as its very center. Francis-Noël Thomas and Mark Turner current writing as an highbrow task, no longer a passive program of verbal talents. In vintage sort, the purpose is fact, the aim is presentation, the reader and author are highbrow equals, and the celebration is casual. This normal sort of presentation is at domestic in all places, from enterprise memos to private letters and from journal articles to pupil essays. everybody talks approximately variety, yet nobody explains it. The authors of this publication do; and in doing so, they galvanize the reader to contemplate kind, no longer as a chic accent of potent prose, yet as its very heart.

At a time while writing talents have almost disappeared, what should be performed? If simply humans discovered the rules of verbal correctness, the fundamental principles, would not solid prose easily fall into position? Thomas and Turner say no. getting to principles of grammar, feel, and sentence constitution will not more result in potent prose than understanding the mechanics of a golfing swing will result in a hole-in-one. in addition, ten-step courses to raised writing exacerbate the matter via failing to acknowledge, as Thomas and Turner indicate, that there are various kinds with diverse standards.

The publication is split into 4 components. the 1st, "Principles of vintage Style," defines the fashion and contrasts it with a couple of others. "The Museum" is a guided journey via examples of writing, either beautiful and execrable. "The Studio," new to this variation, provides a sequence of established workouts. ultimately, "Further Readings in vintage Prose" deals an inventory of extra examples drawn from a number occasions, locations, and topics. A significant other site,, deals supplementary examples, indicates, and observation, and lines a range of items written via scholars in classes that used Clear and easy because the Truth as a textbook.

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Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints (Write Great Fiction)

By Nancy Kress

Create complicated Characters

How do you create a prime personality readers will not put out of your mind? How do you write a publication in multiple-third-person standpoint with out complicated your readers (or yourself)? How do you plant crucial information regarding a character's prior right into a story?

Write nice Fiction: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by way of award-winning writer Nancy Kress solutions all of those questions and extra! This available publication is full of interactive workouts and necessary recommendation that teaches you the way to:

  • Choose and execute the simplest standpoint on your story
  • Create 3-dimensional and plausible characters
  • Develop your characters' emotions
  • Create practical love, struggle, and loss of life scenes
  • Use frustration to inspire your characters and force your story

With dozens of excerpts from a few of modern day most well liked writers, Write nice Fiction: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint will give you the innovations you want to create characters and tales guaranteed to linger within the hearts and minds of brokers, editors, and readers lengthy after they have comprehensive your book.

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The Sound on the Page: Great Writers Talk about Style and Voice in Writing

By Ben Yagoda

In writing, kind concerns. our favourite writers frequently entertain, movement, and encourage us much less by way of what they are saying than through how they are saying it. In The Sound at the Page, acclaimed writer, instructor, and critic Ben Yagoda deals sensible and incisive aid for writers on constructing and getting to know their very own kind and voice. This splendidly wealthy and readable e-book positive factors interviews with greater than forty of our most crucial authors discussing their literary kind, including:

Dave Barry
Harold Bloom
Supreme courtroom Justice Stephen Breyer
Bill Bryson
Michael Chabon
Andrei Codrescu
Junot Díaz
Adam Gopnik
Jamaica Kincaid
Michael Kinsley
Elmore Leonard
Elizabeth McCracken
Susan Orlean
Cynthia Ozick
Anna Quindlen
Jonathan Raban
David Thomson
Tobias Wolff

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The Power of Words: Unveiling the Speaker and Writer's Hidden Craft

By Suguru Ishizaki

In 1888, Mark Twain mirrored at the writer's exact believe for phrases to his correspondent, George Bainton, noting that "the distinction among the almost-right observe and the appropriate note can be a huge matter." We realize alterations among a political candidate who's "willful" and one that is "willing" although the variation doesn't go word-stems or elements of speech. We realize that being "held up" conjures up assorted studies based upon even if its direct item is a gathering, a financial institution, or an instance. even supposing we will be able to become aware of hundreds of thousands of examples within the language the place small adjustments in wording produce huge reader results, the authors of The energy of Words argue that those examples are random glimpses of a hidden systematic wisdom that governs how we, as writers or audio system, discover ways to form event for different human beings.

Over the prior numerous years, David Kaufer and his colleagues have constructed a software for interpreting writing referred to as DocuScope. This e-book illustrates the thoughts and rhetorical thought at the back of the software program research, reading styles in writing and exhibiting writers how their writing works in several different types to complete various ambitions. Reflecting the variety and diversity of viewers event that contiguous phrases of floor English can major, the authors current a concept of language as an software of rhetorically priming audiences and a catalog of English strings to enforce the speculation. The venture creates a finished map of the speaker and writer's implicit wisdom approximately predisposing viewers adventure on the aspect of utterance.

The ebook starts off with a proof of why learning language from the viewpoint of priming--not simply meaning--is important to non-question begging theories of shut examining and to language schooling in most cases. the rest chapters partly I element the stairs taken to organize a catalog learn of English strings for his or her houses as priming tools. half II describes intimately the catalog of priming different types, together with adequate examples to aid readers see how person phrases and strings of English healthy into the catalog. the ultimate half describes how the authors have utilized the catalog of English strings as priming instruments to behavior textual research.

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Writing that Works with 2009 MLA and 2010 APA Updates: Communicating Effectively on the Job

Click right here to determine extra concerning the 2009 MLA Updates and the 2010 APA Updates.
Combining transparent recommendation at the writing strategy and virtually 250 version records from actual office settings, Writing That Works sets the normal for company writing books. It displays today’s digital workflow, addresses the most up-tp-date sorts of company files, in print and on-line, and offers useful, informative directions on designing records, contemplating viewers and goal, and utilizing electronic know-how within the place of work. The unfastened better half website helps and expands upon the data in each bankruptcy and provides tutorials, extra version files, increased electronic assistance, and masses more.

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Survival Lessons

By Alice Hoffman

One of America's so much liked writers stocks her feedback for locating good looks on the planet even through the hardest times.

Survival Lessons presents a highway map of the way to reclaim your lifestyles from this present day ahead, with how you can reenvision everything―from relationships with family and friends to how you see your self. As Alice Hoffman says, “In many ways I wrote Survival Lessons to remind myself of the great thing about lifestyles, anything that’s all too effortless to miss throughout the main issue of ailment or loss. I forgot that our lives are made of equivalent elements of sorrow and pleasure, and that it truly is very unlikely to have one with no the opposite. I wrote to remind myself that regardless of every little thing that used to be taking place to me, there have been nonetheless offerings i'll make.”

Wise, mild, and wry, Alice Hoffman teaches we all tips to select what concerns most.

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Creating Characters: How to Build Story People

By Dwight V. Swain

A jargon-free guide at the fundamentals of constructing attention-grabbing fictional characters

Vibrant, plausible characters aid force a fictional tale. besides a shrewdpermanent plot, well-drawn characters make us are looking to proceed examining a unique or end staring at a film. In Creating Characters, Dwight V. Swain indicates how writers can invent attention-grabbing characters and increase them so they circulate a narrative along.

“The center of character,” he says in bankruptcy 1, “lies in every one person tale person’s skill to care approximately anything; to believe implicitly or explicitly, that anything is important.” development on that foundation—the means to care—Swain takes the would-be author step by step during the basics of discovering and constructing “characters who flip you on.” This uncomplicated yet thought-provoking how-to is a beneficial software for either the amateur and the professional writer.

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Awaken the Writer within: a Sourcebook for Releasing Your Creativity and Finding Your True Writer's Voice

By Cathy Birch

If writing is one in all your favorite issues, yet you're feeling that you just desire a few support freeing the creativity that drives it, then this e-book is for you. It goals to get you writing, retain you writing, and make it easier to take pleasure in it to the total. it is going to help you loose your individual distinctive voice and create unique and person paintings. filled with routines, the e-book comprises: visualisation recommendations, movement charts, dream-work, and be aware webs. every one of those is designed that will help you to discover either your wide awake and your unconscious brain and to harness your creativity which will constructing your characters, settings, plot and discussion. extra routines concentrate on maintaining your actual future health, delivering definitely the right surroundings within which to strengthen your writing. Case experiences charting the reports of artistic writing scholars express how those routines can really paintings to assist be able of writing that fits you. better of all, this inspiring ebook fills you with the need to jot down and divulges how most sensible to fulfil this hope. Contents: 1. Writing as a lifestyle 2. Tuning in three. studying the plot four. constructing surroundings, velocity, temper five. operating with beginnings and endings 6. stunning your self 7. operating along with your goals eight. Recycling nine. Crafting 10. modifying.

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Elements of Fiction Writing: Conflict and Suspense

By James Scott Bell

Ramp up the stress and maintain your readers hooked! inside of you will discover every little thing you want to recognize to boost your tale, circulate your plot ahead, and hold your readers turning pages. specialist mystery writer and writing teacher James Scott Bell exhibits you ways to craft scenes, create characters, and boost storylines that harness clash and suspense to hold your tale from the 1st note to the last.

Learn from examples of profitable novels and films as you remodel your paintings from ho-hum to high-tension.

  • Pack the start, center, and finish of your ebook with the correct quantity of conflict.
  • Tap into the suspenseful energy of every character's internal conflict.
  • Build clash into your story's aspect of view.
  • Balance subplots, flashbacks, and backstory to maintain your tale relocating forward.
  • Maximize the strain on your characters' dialogue.
  • Amp up the suspense if you happen to revise.

Conflict & Suspense bargains confirmed innovations that assist you craft fiction your readers can not placed down.

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