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The pen commandments : a guide for the beginning writer
Frank, Steven
Adult Nonfiction PE1408 .F57 2003

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While most guides for novice writers are penned by professional writers, this one comes from a high school teacher, and he knows from teaching writing to the unskilled. Judging from the anecdotes he relates, he is an inspired teacher who sparks a love of language in his students. He is an affable, entertaining and unintimidating guide as he reviews his basic rules for good writing: Thou Shalt Honor Thy Reader ("Your first reader is often a teacher... we're desperate to be entertained"); Thou Shalt Not Kill Thy Sentences (a sentence that is "unclear, undisciplined, or incomplete... will be DOA") and more. Some of the subrules are familiar ("Show, don't tell"), but Frank's illustrations-depicting literary devices such as "The Persuasive Staircase"-are so enjoyable, it won't matter. Although aimed at students, grown-up aspiring writers will relish Frank's book, too. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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