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Punctuation for Writers: A Thorough Primer for Writers of Fiction and Essays

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  8 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
True to the name of the Thorough Primer Series for Writers, Punctuation for Writers is a concise, thorough, one-two punch. The first section explains the rules of punctuation, including how to break those rules intentionally to achieve a particular effect. In the second section, Stanbrough puts punctuation in perspective with a brief but thorough and witty grammar refreshe ...more
Paperback, 73 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Central Avenue Press (first published August 2003)
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Jae Jae
Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, writing-editing
"Punctuation for Writers" explains the use of punctuation (period, comma, dash, etc.), but also gives a short grammar refresher and some advice on using italics and "show, don't tell."

The guide is neither exhaustive nor exhausting. It explains the basics, then moves on.

I found one incorrect example, and I don't agree with the author telling us to write "three year old girl" when The Chicago Manual of Style (the style guide most publishers of fiction use) insists on "three-year-old girl."

If you
James Maxon
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
In searching for ways to improve my writing skills, I found it particularly difficult to locate resources on punctuation that pertain to authors.

There are so many rules and regulations that it's hard to know where they deviate in a fictional environment. Stanbrough does a great job at spelling everything out clearly and concisely.

If his demonstration of punctuation wasn't enough, he goes on to provide a very basic, yet important overview of grammar principles. Having often been somewhere between
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Harvey Stanbrough was born in New Mexico, seasoned in Texas, and baked in Arizona. After having survived a 21-year civilian-appreciation course in the US Marine Corps, Harvey managed to sneak up on a bachelor’s degree at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales in 1996. Harvey has written and published nine nonfiction ebooks on writing, including Punctuation for Writers and Writing Realistic Dial ...more
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