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DOWNLOAD ñ Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose ë Today s writers need 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 everyoneWith 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 onomatopoeia, alliteration, and metaphor and understand what you re doing Everyone needs to know 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 I picked this up at a used book sale because I recently finished a MOOC class on grammar and, although I passed with flying colors oh, I think Constance author would suggest I rethink that too oft used phrase hmm, I passed with aplomb, I didn t feel like I could by any means teach the subject so thought this title sounded like a fun way to keep going I was write Errr, Right Now you re wondering how I passed at all This book has it all, and if you didn t think a book on grammar could be I picked this up at a used book sale because I recently finished a MOOC class on grammar and, although I passed with flying colors oh, I think Constance author would suggest I rethink that too oft used phrase hmm, I passed with aplomb, I didn t feel like I could by any means teach the subject so thought this title sounded like a fun way to keep going I was write Errr, Right Now you re wondering how I passed at all This book has it all, and if you didn t think a book on grammar could be entertaining as well as instructive , read this one Sample OK, here s one of many illustrative quotes complete with quippy explanation of the error This passage is from a section called Dangling Doozies Remember, participles exist so that verbs can modify nouns Dangling participles are adjectival phrases that have come unmoored from the nouns they are supposed to modify and instead modify the nearest noun they can find Here s a dangling participle reprinted in the New Yorker as a space filler In San Diego, the in place for years has been McDini s for corned beef Thinly sliced and heaped on rye, corned beef lovers won t be disappointed When was the last time you were thinly sliced and heaped on rye I get that a grammar book probably isn t your first choice for light summer reading, but if you do happen to enjoy the many quirks of the English language, this is a good one to turn to Much better than The Transitive Vampire, I think I d give itstars, but to do so with a grammar book would be to offer my inner dork farexposure than I m comfortable with I m sorry I mean, farthan that with which I am comfortable. Reprint from March 2006 NONFICTION BOOK REVIEW Jenn Sommersby Young 2006 2011SIN AND SYNTAX How to Craft Wickedly Effective Proseby Constance HalePub Broadway ISBN 0767903099 978 07679030972011 update available for KindleThere are three absolutes for the reading writer upon his her decision to ingest Constance Hale s Sin and Syntax 1 Buy your own copy Do not borrow the library s edition, my friend, because you will not be able to resist the urge to dog ear, highlight, scribble, or u Reprint from March 2006 NONFICTION BOOK REVIEW Jenn Sommersby Young 2006 2011SIN AND SYNTAX How to Craft Wickedly Effective Proseby Constance HalePub Broadway ISBN 0767903099 978 07679030972011 update available for KindleThere are three absolutes for the reading writer upon his her decision to ingest Constance Hale s Sin and Syntax 1 Buy your own copy Do not borrow the library s edition, my friend, because you will not be able to resist the urge to dog ear, highlight, scribble, or underline the imperatives dished out as canap s before the brandy Wordsmiths rejoice and pedants repent, Hale lays out the rules and then rips wheelies all over them 2 Read through the book once, allowing your pen to merely fondle the text, consenting to only sporadic gratification with the occasional or Savor the book Force yourself to pay attention Don t be scared or intimidated by Hale s genius Thank heavens there is SOMEONE who understands direct objects, participles, dangling whatzits and thingamajigs And don t get caught up on the sentence diagramming stuff or else you might scurry away in terror, leaving your poor pen unfulfilled and frustrated 3 Read through a second time and take as many notes as possible before writer s cramp tangles your fingers Your pen will bask in the afterglow and might even buy you dinner.Adroitly constructing her tower block by block, Hale pours the foundation in the sections she calls Bones a bit of a remedial in grammar school tedium and Flesh explaining the connection between the grammar and the prose But if you snooze, you lose Hale quickly moves past the snore a thon sermonettes and dives headlong into the power tools you need to fortify your writing, progressing ever onward and upward to the higher stratum that will house the plumbing and ventilation systems of colorful, imaginative prose.Hale is a stylistic seductress The most delicious pieces of each chapter, Cardinal Sins and Carnal Pleasures honestly, who could resist flipping past the teachy preachy parts to sneak a peek into the book s naughty bits give context to the earlier lessons by exploiting real world examples of bumbled goober speak One of Hale s favorite targets is President Bush Sr., though she doesn t discriminate politicos, academics, and pompous purple prose authors are fair game And once she demonstrates why, it becomes so obvious Hale warns against treading in The Danger Zone the Stuffed Shirts seem to frequent, or you re risking grammatically inept, slobbery writing and that ll do nuthin but make yuh sound dumb or Texan.But Hale doesn t just make fun of stumbling speakers and ballooned blowhards She regularly injects examples of Mark Twain s spirited prose to illustrate her maxims, inducing a few So that s what she means sorta moments Even Thoreau was a wordy fella and often mucked through six or seven rewrites before lighting on a final version You d be surprised how little you need to get your points across Strip sentences down Clear out the clutter, Hale writes Nuff said.Hale dispels some common controversies in written English Never end a sentence with a preposition, Never split infinitives and shovels advice on the proper use of grammatical Malvolios who vs whom, bad vs badly, and the English preoccupation with and chronic abuse of the word like Though she diagrams sentences with wild abandon and laces the boudoir with antecedents, high energy verbs, and saucy nouns, Hale s kindler, gentler side entices writers to find the Music, Voice, Lyricism, Melody, and Rhythm in their work Grammatical accuracy, while a noble objective, should not overrule the natural voice and rhythm in your writing, especially if your characters speak in dialects or distinctive language sets.If I hadroom, I would eagerly compile lists of Hale s Do s and Don ts, the words to politely avoid and words to torch at all costs, and the multiple examples of beauty risen from the swamps The writer who absorbs Hale s opus will, at first, wrestle in fits and starts with old habits fighting for their last sucks of oxygen Let them suffocate Sin and Syntax is a style manual for the modern writer, a diuretic for written bloat, preoccupied with a sole objective truth in prose Initial reaction This was definitely well worth the purchase Considering this takes apart prose piece by piece for function, it s definitely well worth using to see trouble spots in one s edits, as well as how to enhance the prose while breaking a few rules.Full review I m really glad I picked up Constance Hale s Sin and Syntax because I think its a wonderful examination into how the parts of a sentence contribute to the strengths in one s writing, and not only shows the rules for what you c Initial reaction This was definitely well worth the purchase Considering this takes apart prose piece by piece for function, it s definitely well worth using to see trouble spots in one s edits, as well as how to enhance the prose while breaking a few rules.Full review I m really glad I picked up Constance Hale s Sin and Syntax because I think its a wonderful examination into how the parts of a sentence contribute to the strengths in one s writing, and not only shows the rules for what you can do with your prose grammatically, but also shows where you can bend and break the rules and still have an effective way of drawing your audience into the narrative Hale cites several helpful examples and I especially liked her expansion on nouns, verbs, and adjectives in terms of how to best punctuate the narrative using them There are expansions on adverbs, subjects and predicates, prepositions, conjunctions, simple sentences, cadence, voice, among other dimensions that contribute to the narrative you create I think of this as an immensely valuable resource for writers, and would highly recommend perusing it.Overall score 5 5