A fully revised and updated editionwith challenges and writing prompts in every chapter 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 omatopoeia, alliteration, and metaphor (and understand what you're doing) Everyone needs to kw 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.
Constance Hale (email@example.com) 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.