After you have written your paragraph, think about whether the possession is a metaphor for someone or something. This book goes through the basic grammar with a section each on the noun, verbs, adverbs, etc. Write: Take your favorite song, and try writing one stanza that repeats the rhythm the composer has laid down. You will also read some Rating: 4. This book cured me of the dull prose and terrible writing habits I developed during my law degree. Seuss books to John F. Did you write anything interesting? I keep thinking about the words and phrases Constance Hale warned me about.
Compare the letters with the emails or posts. Only some words are fit to be strung into sentences. Also, trends in what is grammatically in and out tend to change over time. True prose stylists carry on an impassioned, lifelong love affair with words, banishing bad words like so many banal suitors, burnishing the good ones till they shimmer. She provides extensive examples from politicians and writers to illustrate her concepts. The examples of good writing I didn't like all that much. Sensitize yourself to denotation and connotation.
The source materials she uses when illustrating concepts or techniques make me like her. I think every writer should try to read this book. Whether you're writing to sell, shock, or just sing, Sin and Syntax--now celebrating 20 years in print--is the guide you need to improve your command of the English language. Hale informs writers when you can break the rules and when you look illiterate when you do. Here you will find an open-minded, exuberant approach to style that is intelligent and refreshing. Her journalism has appeared in metropolitan newspapers and national magazines, but she is best known for her books on language: ; ; and Wired Style.
Even Thoreau was a wordy fella and often mucked through six or seven rewrites before lighting on a final version. Catechism provides a writing prompt or a challenge to test your understanding of the principles covered in the chapter. Can you riff on about that person, writing down adjectives, memories, description, anecdotes, anything else that comes to mind? Allow yourself to stray off topic, and to just let your thoughts lead them wherever they may. No one will read this but you. Are their movements quick and jerky? The author writing is so approachable and enjoyable. I own plenty of grammar manuals, but this is a far more inspiring creature that goes beyond just the rules.
She doesn't delve too deeply into grammar terminology; she focuses her energies on improving your style all-around. Did it allow you to write differently than is your habit? Constance Hale divides her book into three sections: words, sentences, and music. 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! She chastises the most grievous errors, but mostly helps to parse the tone you set when making various choices. In words, she defines the fundamental building blocks of grammar nouns, verbs, prepositions, etc. This last segment borrows from some of the finest examples of writing I've ever had the pleasure of reading, over half of which I'd never before been exposed to.
You will also read some wonderful passages from different books. She has created maverick writing courses for people of all ages, including a popular seminar called Grammar for Grownups, and currently teaches at U. In turning a phrase, let the words build like a jazz riff, allowing the meanings and melodies of one word to play off the meanings and melodies of the words around it. She lives in Oakland, California. The other sins are examples of oft-repeated mistakes….
Write whatever is in your head, or on your heart: Let it just come out on the page. What is the natural flow and length of your sentences? The basic rules are here, and they are well explained. He slept close to his father that night and held him but when he woke in the morning his father was cold and stiff. Might have got better: can't be bothered waiting to see. From the Trade Paperback edition. Carnal pleasures teaches how it's used well. I'm not sure that I'm capable of enjoying a grammar book to the extent of other genres, but it was a very fine grammar book.
A lot of it reviews types of words so, to emphasize, this is fully a grammar book and I am only recommending it if that's what you're looking for. A word not in the dictionary is not out of bounds. Did you discover anything about your voice, your raw style, your sentences, or your personal tics? I think it is obvious to everyone that writing fiction and writing briefs are two different things! How do the metaphors in each line correspond to each one of nine months? Some points of grammar tend to be highly personal I wonder if there have ever been any duels fought over grammar and I thought Hale carefully covered all the conventional and disputed points. In other words, writers who care about nuance and can tell which false rules deserve to be flouted. I have a degree in English and aced a grammar diagramming class both decades ago , but I find that I forget quite a bit and need to continue to renew my knowledge.