The Language of Fiction: A Writer’s Stylebook by Brian Shawver, University Press of New England, 242 pages
If the idea of reading a writer’s style guide from start to finish strikes you as akin to undergoing root-canal surgery or a colonoscopy, you should probably set aside your aspirations to write a novel. If, however, you feel absolutely compelled to fill 300 pages with words to convey some made-up tale, you really should give yourself the pleasure of reading Brian Shawver’s The Language of Fiction before you get too far along.
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