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Writers' Devils: The Grammar Guide for Fiction Authors

Writers' Devils: The Grammar Guide for Fiction Authors [Kindle Edition]

Dan Persinger
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Product Description

Know the rules, so you can break them wisely. Written especially for storytellers writing in American English, here is veteran copy editor Dan Persinger's reliable nuts-'n-bolts advice about dialogue punctuation, possessives, pronunciation spellings, flashback construction, and other points of the G word that particularly bedevil novel and short-story writers. The "rules" for writers who break the rules for a living.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1112 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Publisher: The Proofing Department; July 2014 edition (17 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005O5110Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #869,965 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By jannert
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I would prefer to have this in a paper format, for ease of handling. But I must say it works well on Kindle, too.

The author makes it clear this is not a book to teach you grammar, but it's to help guide a fiction writer towards the best way to use (and/or break) the strict rules we were taught at school. Rules which, for the most part, were intended for non-fiction.

I'm particularly fond of his section on the dreaded split infinitive (!) but he makes pertinent remarks about many other issues as well. His explanations of how each piece of grammar actually works are great, but his examples are even better. It's easy to see at a glance how things can be done.

He makes the point that in fiction you can break rules, but that there will be a consequence if they are broken badly, and broken because you don't know any better. I think this is spot-on advice.

This book is useful, pertinent and fun to read. What's not to like?
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Resource for Writers 21 Aug 2013
By bolligersrus - Published on
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This book is by far one of the most comprehensive and `user-friendly' grammar guides I own. It's a must-have resource for both novice and experienced fiction writers. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Grammar for Fiction Authors 16 July 2013
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Traditional grammar guides often don't address issues that specifically relate to writing fiction. This clearly written, very readable guide does just that. Highly recommended.
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