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The Classic Guide to Better Writing: Step-By-Step Techniques and Exercises to Write Simply, Clearly and Correctly
The Classic Guide to Better Writing
Step-By-Step Techniques and Exercises to Write Simply, Clearly and Correctly
Paperback      ISBN: 0062730487

Fifty years ago, Rudolf Flesch and Abraham Lass wrote this handbook to teach people how to write more effectively. A half-century later, skilled and novice writers alike continue to rely on this timeless reference.aThe philosophy is simple. Writing clearly and correctly doesn't have to be difficult. With this handbook of practical methods and wisdom, everyone can learn to express themselves on paper.aThe many examples and exercises guide you through the writing process: getting started; organizing your ideas; connecting your ideas; choosing the right tone; making your meaning clear; giving your writing flair and punch; using correct grammar.aThe 50th Anniversary Edition contains all of the tried-and-true techniques that have made this book a best-seller. Now with new features for today's writers, non-biased writing, contemporary examples, and more, The Classic Guide to Better Writing continues to be the foundation of excellence in style and usage.

What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers
What If?
Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers
Paperback      ISBN: 0062720066

Can writing truly be taught? Can people train themselves to -write like a writer, ' or, more importantly, -think like a writer'? These frequently asked questions are the subject of this collection of exercises designed to teach the basic craft of writing fiction. aEach of the nearly 75 exercises in What If? teaches a skill or concept that will help students with the technical fundamentals of writing fiction. The award-winning authors (including a 1989 New York Times Notable Book of the Year for Professor Bernays' Romeo) deal with such topics as discovering where to start and end a story; learning when to use dialogue and when to use indirect discourse; creating and naming vivid characters; transforming real events into fiction; and finding language that both sings and communicates precisely.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Hardcover      ISBN: 1592400876

We all know the basics of punctuation. Or do we? A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the internet, in email, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss dares to say, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. From the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, this lively history makes a powerful case for the preservation of a system of printing conventions that is much too subtle to be mucked about with.

Live Writing: Breathing Life Into Your Words
Live Writing
Breathing Life Into Your Words
Paperback      ISBN: 0380797011

A practical guide for how to make your writing come alive, by the bestselling author of A Writer's Notebook and the ALA Notable Book Fig Pudding.

What is "live writing"? It's the kind of writing that has a current running through it--energy, electricity, juice. This book is a young writer's toolbox for bringing writing to life. But instead of awls and hammers, this toolbox contains words, imagination, a love of books, a sense of story, and ideas for how to make the writing live and breathe.

Perfect for classrooms, Live Writing is full of practical wisdom for young writers, from bestselling writer Ralph Fletcher. Aspiring writers will devour these tips for how to make their words jump off the page

The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts on Writing
The Spooky Art
Some Thoughts on Writing
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0394536487

The author reflects on writing and the writing life, sharing his thoughts on such topics as the limits and attractions of nonfiction, the need for work habits, the pitfalls of early success, coping with bad reviews, and his fellow writers.

If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit
If You Want to Write
A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit
Paperback      ISBN: 1555972608

In this reissue of a now-classic text, Barbara Ueland shows that it's not so much about how to write as how to live in a manner that will foster what creativity exists within: about how to free the independence of one's spirit in such a way that the art contained therein will find its truest expression.

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Your Life as Story: Discovering the
Your Life as Story
Discovering the "new Autobiography" and Writing Memoir as Literature
Paperback      ISBN: 0874779227

In Your Life As Story, autobiography expert Tristine Rainer explains how we can all find the important messages in our lives. Like Mary Karr or Frank McCourt, we can shape those stories into dramatic narratives that are compelling to others. Blending literary scholarship with practical coaching, Rainer shares her remarkable techniques for finding the essentials of story structure within your life's scattered experiences. Most important, she explains how to treasure the struggles in your past and discover the meaning within those experiences to capture the unique myth at work in your life.

The Devil's Details: A History of Footnotes
The Devil's Details
A History of Footnotes
Paperback      ISBN: 0743241754

Footnotes have not had it easy. Their dominance of eighteenth- and nineteenth- century literature and scholarship was both hard-won -- following many years of struggle -- and doomed, as it led to belittlement in the twentieth century. In The Devil's Details, Chuck Zerby playfully explores footnotes' long and illustrious history and makes a clarion call to save them from the new world of the Internet and hypertext.
In a story that boasts a marvelous plot and a rogues' gallery of players, Zerby examines traditional footnotes and their less-buttoned-down incarnations, as when used by pornographers. Yes, The Devil's Details is full of surprises: Zerby hunts down the first bona fide fully functioning footnote; unearths a multivolume history of Northumberland County, England, that uses one volume for a single footnote; and uncovers a murder plot. He even explains why footnotes are like blind dates.
Carefully researched and highly opinionated, The Devil's Details affirms that delight in reading can come from unexpected places

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
Writing Down the Bones
Freeing the Writer Within
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0877733759

Natalie Goldberg's word-of-mouth hit has sold well over half a million copies. Goldberg, who has conducted writing workshops for both beginners and professionals all over the United States, sees writing as a practice that helps us comprehend the value of our lives. With insight, humor, and practicality, she inspires writers and would-be writers alike to take the leap into writing creatively and well.

Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life
Wild Mind
Living the Writer's Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0553347756
Natalie Goldberg, author of the bestselling Writing Down The Bones, teaches a method of writing that can take you beyond craft to the true source of creative power: The mind that is "raw, full of energy, alive and hungry."

Here is compassionate, practical, and often humorous advice about how to find time to write, how to discover your personal style, how to make sentences come alive, and how to overcome procrastination and writer's block--including more than thirty provocative "Try this" exercises to get your pen moving.

And here also is a larger vision of the writer's task: balancing daily responsibilities with a commitment to writing; knowing when to take risks as a writer and a human being; coming to terms with success and failure and loss; and learning self-acceptance--both in life and art.

Wild Mind
will change your way of writing. It may also change your life.