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elementsofstory

The Elements of Story
Francis Flaherty

Most writing books dwell on common issues of style and grammar. Yet most writers also confront complex problems of story design.This 50-rule guide by Francis Flaherty, a New York Times editor, offers much-needed solutions and sage advice to address these concerns.

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How not to write a Novel
Howard Mittelmark, Sandra Newman

Many writing books offer sound advice on how to write well. This is not one of those books. On the contrary, this is a collection of terrible, awkward, and laughably unreadable excerpts that will teach you what to avoid—at all costs—if you ever want your novel published.
 

inevermetaphor I never metaphor I didn't like
Mardy Grothe

A Comprehensive Compilation of History’s Greatest Analogies, Metaphors, and Similes

soundonpage The Sound on the Page
Ben Yagoda

In writing, style matters. Our favorite writers often entertain, move, and inspire us less by what they say than by how they say it. In The Sound on the Page, acclaimed author, teacher, and critic Ben Yagoda offers practical and incisive help for writers on developing and discovering their own style and voice.

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Essential Manners for Couples
Peter Post

Peter Post offers the secrets to a long and happy marriage or partnership—without psychoanalysis or prescription medication. The good news: often just a few simple words or actions can mend a rift. Essential Manners for Couples reveals how easy it can be to keep the spark in your relationship.

onwritingwell

On Writing Well
30th Anniversary Edition
By William Zinsser

Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you fundamental priciples as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher.

selectivedictionaryadjectives

The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives
For the Extraordinarily Literate
By Eugene Ehrlich

Adjectives have long suffered from bad press. For many years, English teachers have been fond of telling students that "adjectives are the enemy of nouns, and adverbs are the enemy of everything else."

emilypostettiquette

Emily Post's Etiquette 17th Edition AER
By Peggy Post

Emily Post's Etiquette, 17th Edition also remains the definitive source for timeless advice on entertaining, social protocol, table manners, guidelines for religious ceremonies, expressing condolences, introductions, how to be a good houseguest and host, invitations, correspondence, planning a wedding, giving a toast, and sportsmanship.  

   
   

 

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