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Author LinkShawver, Brian.
Title LinkThe language of fiction : a writer’s stylebook / Brian Shawver.
Imprint Hanover : University Press of New England, c2013.
Description xiii, 242 p. :  ill. ;  23 cm.
Type of Material Monograph
Gen. Note Includes index.
Contents Contents: Pt. 1. Stylistic decisions : 1. Which verb tense should you write in? ; 2. How should you format and punctuate dialogue? ; 3. What words should you use to present dialogue? ; 4. Should you phonetically represent characters’ speech? ; 5. What are your options for portraying characters’ thoughts? -- Pt. 2. Fundamentals of language : 6. The past perfect ; 7. Pronouns ; 8. Adverbs ; 9. Participial phrases that modify ; 10. Diction -- Pt. 3. Nuances of punctuation : 11. Fragments ; 12. Comma splices, run-ons, and semicolons ; 13. Dashes, parentheses, and nonessential commas ; 14. Exclamation points and italics -- Pt. 4. Common errors : 15. Verb tense shifting ; 16. Commas ; 17. Betrayals of language ; 18. Cliché.
Summary "Grand themes and complex plots are just the beginning of a great piece of fiction. Mastering the nuts and bolts of grammar and prose mechanics is also an essential part of becoming a literary artist. This indispensable guide, created just for writers of fiction, will show you how to take your writing to the next level by exploring the finer points of language. Funny, readable, and wise, this book explores the tools of the fiction writer’s trade, from verb tenses to pronouns to commas and beyond. Filled with examples from the best-seller lists of today and yesterday, it will help you consider the hows and whys of language, and how mastery of them can be used to achieve clarity and grace of expression in your own work."--P. [4] of cover.
Subject LinkFiction -- Authorship -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
LinkFiction -- Technique -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Subject LinkFiction -- Authorship.
LinkFiction -- Technique.
LinkHandbooks, manuals, etc.

System Number 000680194
ISBN Link9781611683301 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Link1611683300 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Link9781611683318 (ebook : alk. paper)
Link1611683319 (ebook : alk. paper)

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