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The Language of Fiction
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The firstever style guide to focus on how grammar, punctuation, and style can be used to create superior fiction

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Part I: Stylistic Decisions
  2. pp. 1-1
  1. 1. Which Verb Tense Should You Write In?
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. 2. How Should You Format and Punctuate Dialogue?
  2. pp. 14-24
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  1. 3. What Words Should You Use to Present Dialogue?
  2. pp. 25-36
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  1. 4. Should You Phonetically Represent Characters’ Speech?
  2. pp. 37-46
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  1. 5. What Are Your Options for Portraying Characters’ Thoughts?
  2. pp. 47-59
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  1. Part II: Fundamentals of Language
  2. pp. 61-61
  1. 6. The Past Perfect
  2. pp. 63-71
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  1. 7. Pronouns
  2. pp. 72-84
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  1. 8. Adverbs
  2. pp. 85-97
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  1. 9. Participial Phrases That Modify
  2. pp. 98-106
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  1. 10. Diction
  2. pp. 107-119
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  1. Part III: Nuances of Punctuation
  2. pp. 121-121
  1. 11. Fragments
  2. pp. 123-134
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  1. 12. Comma Splices, Run-ons, and Semicolons
  2. pp. 135-145
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  1. 13. Dashes, Parentheses, and Nonessential Commas
  2. pp. 146-155
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  1. 14. Exclamation Points and Italics
  2. pp. 156-167
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  1. Part IV: Common Errors
  2. pp. 169-169
  1. 15. Verb Tense Shifting
  2. pp. 171-183
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  1. 16. Commas
  2. pp. 184-195
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  1. 17. Betrayals of Language
  2. pp. 196-206
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  1. 18. Cliché
  2. pp. 207-216
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 217-220
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  1. Glossary of Terms
  2. pp. 221-229
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  1. Exercises
  2. pp. 231-237
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 239-242
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