How to Write a Sentence

  • Type: Ebooks
  • By: Stanley Fish
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Recommended by: Morgan D.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9780062006851
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For writers and word-nerds, this book is a tiny delight.

This small style guide is every bit as useful, in my mind, as Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. It is far less prescriptive, but in it, Fish teaches readers to look for the working mechanisms of sentences, discover what makes them tick, and recreate them effectively. There are no rules, here, telling you to avoid adverbs or use shorter sentences. Instead, Fish breaks down great sentences from literature—long and short, rambling and pointed—to their component parts, teaching readers to identify and find meaning in their unique rhythms. For writers and word-nerds, this book is a tiny delight.