The Pen Commandments

A Guide for the Beginning Writer

Frank, Steven

Book - 2003
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
The Pen Commandments
Thou Shalt Honor Thy Reader, Thou Shalt Not Waste Words, Thou Shalt Not Kill Thy Sentences--these are three of the "pen" commandments through which, with humor and an engaging sense of purpose, Steven Frank inspires his readers not just to write but to write well. Thou Shalt Take Pleasure in Thy Pen: As Frank watches a group of students huddle around a boy who is gleefully explaining a mysterious scar, an infallible writing topic emerges--describe the grossest thing that's ever happened to you. Thou Shalt Not Pick on the Puncts: Frank persuades a hyperkinetic teen to slow down long enough to let punctuation marks help the boy's own natural storytelling ability come through. Thou Shalt Overcome Writer's Block: With practical advice and compelling case studies, Frank unfreezes the pens of struggling writers all around him, from his mail carrier to a former student to his own mom. Drawing on Frank's considerable experience as an English teacher, his passion for writing, and his love of language,The Pen Commandmentsis a witty and accessible book that entertains as it instructs.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0375422285
Branch Call Number: 808.042 F8288p 2003
Characteristics: xvi, 314 p. ;,20 cm


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This entertaining and unintimidating guide, written by a high school teacher, covers some basic rules for writing well: Thou Shalt Honor Thy Reader, Thou Shalt Not Waste Words, and Thou Shalt Not Kill Thy Sentences.

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Dec 15, 2013
  • ykeselman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic book on writing for high schoolers and above: entertaining, many good examples, complete.


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