Vex Hex Smash Smooch Let Verbs Power Your Writing

In Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch, Constance Hale, best-selling author of Sin and Syntax, zeroes in on verbs that make bad writing sour and good writing sing.

Author: Constance Hale

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393084269

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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"Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch is more than just a writing handbook; it’s a key to unlocking every writer’s innate creativity by offering countless paths to verbal expressiveness." —San Francisco Chronicle Great sentences pivot on great verbs. In Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch, Constance Hale, best-selling author of Sin and Syntax, zeroes in on verbs that make bad writing sour and good writing sing. Each chapter in Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch features four sections: “Vex” tackles tough syntax, “Hex” debunks myths about verbs, “Smash” warns of bad writing habits, and “Smooch” showcases exemplary writing. A veteran journalist and writing teacher, Hale peppers her advice with pop-culture references and adapts her expertise for writers of every level. With examples ranging from the tangled clauses of Henry James and the piercing insight of Joan Didion to the punchy gerunds of the Coen brothers and the passive verbs of CEOs on trial, Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch offers a reenergized take on the “little despot of the sentence.”

Expressing Theology

Merton, Echoing Silence, 65. Dillard, The Writing Life, 70. Clark, Writing Tools, 88. Hale, Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch, 155. Clark, Writing Tools, 13. Ibid., 14. Ibid., 15. Prose, Reading like a Writer, 3. Sawyer, The Art of the Soul, 13.

Author: Jonathan Roach

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498208710

Category: Religion

Page: 182

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Have you ever picked up a volume of theology, read the first page, and decided you would rather scrub the bathroom floor than read another page? Theology does not need to be abstract, dull, boring, tedious, dense, inconsequential, trivial, remote, immaterial, or unimportant. Theology should not leave readers feeling bewildered and lost. Expressing Theology challenges writers of theology to craft engaging, compelling, and beautiful prose that grabs readers' attention and makes reading a pleasure. Expressing Theology provides writers of theology--academics, aspiring, and published--with perspectives and writing techniques to write theology that readers want to read.

Indie With Ease

Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch. W. W. Norton & Company, 2013. Henry, Todd. Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day. Portfolio, 2015. Heskett, Jim. The Juggling Author: How To Write Four Books a Year While Balancing Family, Friends, ...

Author: Pauline Wiles

Publisher: Pauline Wiles

ISBN: 9780988973176

Category: Self-Help

Page: 169

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Are you feeling overwhelmed by all that’s involved in self-publishing your book? Being an indie author should be a delight, not a drudgery. Indie With Ease demonstrates how a blend of clear purpose and steady pragmatism will enable you to thrive as an independent publisher. Through simple self-care techniques and a few mindset secrets, you’ll maximize motivation and minimize author anxiety. With a down-to-earth blend of inspiration and practical steps, you will: - Know yourself and your unique writing style. - Set authentic, long-term writing goals. - Nurture your creativity and protect your well-being. - Maximize your energy and work at a pace you can sustain. - Limit your marketing to what really works. - Prioritize key tasks and ignore distractions. - Dodge the most common pitfalls for independent authors. For a little extra inspiration, you will also find: - Contributions and advice from over a dozen experienced indie authors. - Bonus resources: checklists, templates, and trackers to jump start your daily routine. Indie with Ease is your essential guide to well-being, productivity and serenity as an indie author. Get it today!

Murder Your Darlings

She is the author of Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose; and Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing, one of the few books to give due credit to strategic use of the passive voice.

Author: Roy Peter Clark

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780316481861

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 275

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From one of America's most influential teachers, a collection of the best writing advice distilled from fifty language books -- from Aristotle to Strunk and White. With so many excellent writing guides lining bookstore shelves, it can be hard to know where to look for the best advice. Should you go with Natalie Goldberg or Anne Lamott? Maybe William Zinsser or Stephen King would be more appropriate. Then again, what about the classics -- Strunk and White, or even Aristotle himself? Thankfully, your search is over. In Murder Your Darlings, Roy Peter Clark, who has been a beloved and revered writing teacher to children and Pulitzer Prize winners alike for more than thirty years, has compiled a remarkable collection of more than 100 of the best writing tips from fifty of the best writing books of all time. With a chapter devoted to each key strategy, Clark expands and contextualizes the original author's suggestions and offers anecdotes about how each one helped him or other writers sharpen their skills. An invaluable resource for writers of all kinds, Murder Your Darlings is an inspiring and edifying ode to the craft of writing.

Sin and Syntax

Editors and copy editors. admen and Mad Men—all appreciate the way verbs can grab attention. Here are some unforgettable verb-driven titles: Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch 0 (title of the best book on verbs out there, ...

Author: Constance Hale

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9780385346931

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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A fully revised and updated edition with writing prompts and challenges in every chapter Today’s writers need more spunk than Strunk: whether it's the Great American e-mail, Madison Avenue advertising, or Grammy Award-winning rap lyrics, memorable writing must jump off the page. Copy veteran Constance Hale is on a mission to make creative communication, both the lyrical and the unlawful, an option for everyone. With its crisp, witty tone, Sin and Syntax covers grammar’s ground rules while revealing countless unconventional syntax secrets (such as how to use—Gasp!—interjections or when to pepper your prose with slang) that make for sinfully good writing. Discover how to: *Distinguish between words that are “pearls” and words that are “potatoes” * Avoid “couch potato thinking” and “commitment phobia” when choosing verbs * Use literary devices such as onomatopoeia, alliteration, and metaphor (and understand what you're doing) Everyone needs to know how to write stylish prose—students, professionals, and seasoned writers alike. Whether you’re writing to sell, shock, or just sing, Sin and Syntax—now celebrating 20 years in print—is the guide you need to improve your command of the English language.

The Complete Canadian Book Editor

Margery Fee and Janice McAlpine, Guide to Canadian English Usage Constance Hale, Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose and Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing Karen Judd, Copyediting, A Practical Guide ...

Author: Leslie Vermeer

Publisher: Brush Education

ISBN: 9781550596779

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 400

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The essential resource for aspiring and professional editors Whether you are a student of the craft or a working editor, you need The Complete Canadian Book Editor. From building and managing author relationships, through acquiring and developing manuscripts, to every level of text editing and proofing for print and ebooks, editors play integral roles in the operations of a book publishing house. In The Complete Canadian Book Editor, veteran editor and professor Leslie Vermeer sets out both the concepts and the processes that an effective editor must command. Dr. Vermeer guides aspiring editors in presenting themselves successfully to employers and clients, and working editors will recognize the voice of a mentor in her advice about career advancement. Editors at all levels—along with authors and self-publishers—will find in The Complete Canadian Book Editor all of the step-by-step editorial tools they need to take projects from promising beginnings to their full potential. With exercises throughout, The Complete Canadian Book Editor reinforces key concepts, and builds your skills as an expert editor. Topics include: Manuscript acquisition and book contracts. Editorial stages, from development to proofreading. Design and production, including digital workflow. What every editor needs to know about marketing. The state of book publishing in Canada today. The future of publishing, and why editors are more important than ever before.

The Poets Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer

Constance Hale, Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing (W. W. Norton, 2012). Veronica Chambers, “Why I Keep Coming Back to Jamaica,” Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves (Ballantine Books, ...

Author: Kevin Larimer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781982123086

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 496

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The definitive source of information, insight, and advice for creative writers, from the nation’s largest and most trusted organization for writers, Poets & Writers. For half a century, writers at every stage of their careers have turned to the literary nonprofit organization Poets & Writers and its award-winning magazine for resources to foster their professional development, from writing prompts and tips on technique to informative interviews with published authors, literary agents, and editors. But never before has Poets & Writers marshaled its fifty years’ worth of knowledge to create an authoritative guide for writers that answers every imaginable question about craft and career—until now. Here is the writing bible for authors of all genres and forms, covering topics such as how to: -Harness your imagination and jump-start your creativity -Develop your work from initial idea to final draft -Find a supportive and inspiring writing community to sustain your career -Find the best MFA program for you -Publish your work in literary magazines and develop a platform -Research writing contests and other opportunities to support your writing life -Decide between traditional publishing and self-publishing -Find the right literary agent -Anticipate what agents look for in queries and proposals -Work successfully with an editor and your publishing team -Market yourself and your work in a digital world -Approach financial planning and taxes as a writer -And much more Written by Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon, the two most recent editors of Poets & Writers Magazine, this book brings an unrivaled understanding of the areas in which writers seek guidance and support. Filled with insider information like sample query letters, pitch letters, lists of resources, and worksheets for calculating freelance rates, tracking submissions, and managing your taxes, the guide does more than demystify the writing life—it also provides an array of powerful tools for building a sustainable career as a writer. In addition to the wealth of insights into creativity, publishing, and promotion are first-person essays from bestselling authors, including George Saunders, Christina Baker Kline, and Ocean Vuong, as well as reading lists from award-winning writers such as Anthony Doerr, Cheryl Strayed, and Natalie Diaz. Here, at last, is the ultimate comprehensive resource that belongs on every writer’s desk.

Sarah Dessen

Hahn, Daniel, Leonie Flynn, and Susan Reuben. The Ultimate Teen Book Guide. New York, NY: Walker & Co., 2008. Hale, Constance. Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Co., 2012. Han, Jenny.

Author: Gina Hagler

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9781477717752

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

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Examines the life and accomplishments of the young adult author, detailing her early years, sources of inspiration, and interests outside of writing. --Publisher's description.

The Christian Writer s Manual of Style

Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing. New York: Norton, 2012. Hale, Constance, and Jessie Scanlon. Wired Style: Principles of English Usage in the Digital Age. New York: Broadway Books, 1999. Hall, Max.

Author: Robert Hudson

Publisher: Zondervan Academic

ISBN: 9780310527916

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 624

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The standard style guide of the Christian publishing industry, The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style, 4th Edition, compiled by veteran Zondervan editor Robert Hudson, contains clear guidance on style questions related to religious writing, including many topics not addressed in other references or online. Nearly half of this fourth revision is made up of new material, including information about turning blogs into books, the effects of digital media on writing, “adverbial doubles,” “vanishing accents,” word-choice strategies, endorser guidelines, and much more. It also contains an all-new “Word List” which makes up more than a third of the book. The most needful information remains—entries on capitalization, abbreviation, citations, fictional dialogue, and more—but it has all been updated to keep pace with changes in English language usage. This fourth edition also corresponds with The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition (2010), though it isn’t afraid to chart new territory where that reference is unhelpful on issues of religious writing. Comprehensive yet easy-to-use, The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style, 4th Edition, is a go-to resource for Christian authors, pastors, teachers, copy writers, editors, proofreaders, publishing and ministry professionals, executive assistants, and students—anyone who writes or edits as a part of their work or study—and for grammar aficionados everywhere.

The Elements of Expression

... Elements of Expression turn you into a more confident writer, and turn you on to the joy (and relief) of getting what's inside outside.” —Constance Hale, author of Sin and Syntax and Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch “I just love this book.

Author: Arthur Plotnik

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781936740246

Category: Reference

Page: 240

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More than ever in this completely updated edition, The Elements of Expression helps word users "light up the cosmos or the written page or the face across the table" as they seek the radiance of expressiveness—the vivid expression of thoughts, feelings, and observations. Nothing kills radiance like the murky, generic language dominating today's talk, airwaves, and posts. It tugs at our every sentence, but using it to express anything beyond the ordinary is like flapping the tongue to escape gravity. The Elements of Expression offers an adventurous and inspiring flight into words that truly share what's percolating in our minds. Here writers, presenters, students, bloggers—even well intentioned "Mad Men"—will discover language to convey precise feelings, move audiences, delight and persuade. No snob or scold, the acclaimed word-maven Arthur Plotnik explores the full range of expressiveness, from playful "tough talk" to finely wrought literature, with hundreds of rousing examples. Confessing that we are all "like a squid in its ink" when first groping for luminous expression, he shines his amiable wit on the elements leading, ultimately, to language of "fissionable intensity."