A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation by Noah Lukeman

By Noah Lukeman

The 1st functional and obtainable consultant to the paintings of punctuation for artistic writers. Punctuation finds the author: haphazard commas, for instance, exhibit haphazard pondering; transparent, lucid breaks display transparent, lucid considering. Punctuation can be utilized to educate the author tips to imagine and the way to jot down. This brief, functional ebook exhibits authors the advantages that may be reaped from learning punctuation: the paintings of favor, sentence size, that means, and financial system of phrases. There are full-length chapters dedicated to the interval, the comma, the semicolon, the colon, citation marks, the sprint and parentheses, the paragraph and part holiday, and a cumulative bankruptcy on integrating all of them into "The Symphony of Punctuation." full of workouts and examples from literary masters (Why did Poe and Melville depend on the semicolon? Why did Hemingway embody the period?), A sprint of Style is interactive, hugely attractive, and a need for artistic writers in addition to for somebody seeking to make punctuation their good friend rather than their mysterious foe.

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Own that belief. Your story is yours and you have taken control of it. Once acknowledged in words, the truth can be put in perspective and will relinquish its stranglehold on you. You’ll be free. Exercises 1. Start the process by identifying your fears. Simply make a list answering these questions: What are you afraid of? Is it causing you to procrastinate? Write down what scares you about writing the truth. Is it because you fear someone will find out or are unsure how you will feel when you begin to write?

It is perfect. In this essay, I wrote about my fears as a parent. Fear can paralyze you and keep you from writing. It can be the reason you procrastinate; it can be behind your inertia. Writing about what you are afraid of can free you. The Chicago Tribune ran this essay in the “Health and Family” section in January 2001. As a parent, I have many fears fueled by events in my backyard and in the world. I explored many of them here. Writing about the fears helped me to face why I was so scared much of the time, legitimizing them as well as putting them in perspective.

If I could just plan enough and make the room perfect, everything will be fine, I thought. Make enough pillows and make enough plans. We left Dallas when Weldon was ten weeks old and moved to Indiana, where my husband started law school. At first we lived in the house where my family spent the summers. It was a red-brick Georgian on Lake Michigan—bus stop 22 on Lake Shore Drive in Long Beach, Indiana—and the lake was frozen solid white as far as you could see. It seemed as if you were looking at the surface of the moon, with its craters of ice and peaks of snow.

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