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Title:
The creative writer's style guide : rules and advice for writing fiction and creative nonfiction
Author:
Leland, Christopher T.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio : Writers Digest Books, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781884910555
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

This title provides the rules of grammar, punctuation and style as well as advice on effective writing. It arises out of 25 years of both writing fiction and teaching creative writing at university level.


Author Notes

Christopher T. Leland is a professor of English and Creative Writing at Wayne State University.


Table of Contents

Why Do You Need This Book?p. 1
Part I The Devil in the Details: Grammar, Usage, and Stylistic Conventions
Introduction to Grammar and Usagep. 6
1 Nouns and Pronounsp. 9
2 Verbsp. 21
3 Modifiersp. 37
4 Conjunctions and Prepositionsp. 45
5 Interjectionsp. 52
6 Sentences and Paragraphsp. 53
7 Capitalizationp. 63
8 Plurals and Possessivesp. 77
9 Punctuationp. 85
10 Setting Dialogue and Thoughtsp. 133
11 Other Issues of Usagep. 152
Part II Ten Issues of Language and Style
Introduction to Language and Stylep. 170
12 Titles and Namesp. 171
13 Imagesp. 179
14 New Wordsp. 188
15 Slang, Colloquialism, and Dialectp. 194
16 Offensive Wordsp. 202
17 Descriptionsp. 210
18 Pace, Balance, and Transitionsp. 217
19 Accuracyp. 223
20 Allusionsp. 230
21 Experimentation and the Avant-Gardep. 237
Indexp. 240