Steven Frank has a new approach to writing: fun first, rules to follow, success for all. In The Pen Commandments, his offbeat and entertaining guide, he's given us a book that all writers can turn to for help and a good laugh.
With outrageous anecdotes (how a kid's oral surgery led to the ultimate writing assignment) and irreverent advice (Thou Shalt Not Kill Thy Sentences), Frank shows how to conquer writer's block, make friends with punctuation, and live forever in words. If you want to inspire your kids of just want to brush up on your own skills, The Pen Commandments will change—and enliven—the way you write forever.
While most guides for novice writers are penned by professional writers, this one comes from a high school teacher, and he knows from teaching writing to the unskilled. Judging from the anecdotes he relates, he is an inspired teacher who sparks a love of language in his students. He is an affable, entertaining and unintimidating guide as he reviews his basic rules for good writing: Thou Shalt Honor Thy Reader ("Your first reader is often a teacher... we're desperate to be entertained"); Thou Shalt Not Kill Thy Sentences (a sentence that is"unclear, undisciplined, or incomplete... will be DOA") and more. Some of the subrules are familiar ("Show, don't tell"), but Frank's illustrations--depicting literary devices such as"The Persuasive Staircase"--are so enjoyable, it won't matter. Although aimed at students, grown-up aspiring writers will relish Frank's book, too.