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978-0-375-72115-1 / 9780375721151

Spunk & Bite: A Writer's Guide to Punchier, More Engaging Language & Style

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Publisher:Random House Reference

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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When too tightly leashed, writing chokes and loses its vitality. Although the rules of composition popularized in William Strunk Jr. and E. B. Whites Elements of Style have been de rigueur for decades, they wont exactly set your writing free.

To the rescue comes Spunk & Bite, a guide to bold and radiant language and style. The secret, according to bestselling author and former publishing executive Arthur Plotnik, is to embrace those qualities that composition rulebooks sidestepamong them, surprise, personality, engagement, edge, and fearlessness. Drawing on selections from todays most exciting writersJonathan Franzen, Sandra Cisneros, Bill Bryson, Maureen Dowd, and many dozens morePlotnik reveals the tricks and techniques that make prose fresh, forceful, and publishable.

For all types of writingnovels, articles, poems, ad copy, blogs, and even e-mailthis uncommon handbook reveals how to make your words so fetching that readers beg for more.


Arthur Plotnik is an author, and former publishing executive. Two of his works have been featured as Book of the Month Club selections: The Elements of Editing and The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts into Words . Reviewers have consistently praised Plotniks writing for its accuracy, style, and wit, often ranking it with Strunk & White in practicality.

Plotnik studied under Philip Roth and Vance Bourjaily at the Iowa Writers Workshop . As a publisher, he brought five national awards to the American Library Associations book imprint. He also won numerous honors as editor of ALAs flagship magazine, American Libraries.

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