Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose

Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose

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Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose by Constance Hale

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 use—Gasp!—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 prose—students, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780767903097
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/2001
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

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 is currently the Managing Editor of Health magazine. She lives in Oakland, California. Karen Elizabeth Gordon is the author of The Transitive Vampire.

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Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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With rich, evocative prose, this little book runs the gamut from the fundamentals of grammar to the mastery of eloquent expression. Constance Hale teaches the reader how to write sentences that make sense, and then how to make them soar. From the basics of nouns and verbs to the magic of rhythm and music, this book celebrates language as both a communication tool and an art form. Using lively examples (ranging from newspaper articles to the Bible to Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech), Hale leaves the reader with a breathless longing to create and inspire. Using the techniques illustrated in this book, he can.
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