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The Language of Fiction
A Writer’s Stylebook
Brian Shawver

University Press of New England



Contents

• Introduction
• STYLISTIC DECISIONS
• Which Verb Tense Should You Write In?
• How Should You Format and Punctuate Dialogue?
• What Words Should You Use to Present Dialogue?
• Should You Phonetically Represent Characters’ Speech?
• What Are Your Options for Portraying Characters’ Thoughts?
• FUNDAMENTALS OF LANGUAGE
• The Past Perfect
• Pronouns
• Adverbs
• Participial Phrases That Modify
• Diction
• NUANCES OF PUNCTUATION
• Fragments
• Comma Splices, Run-ons, and Semicolons
• Dashes, Parentheses, and Nonessential Commas
• Exclamation Points and Italics
• COMMON ERRORS
• Verb Tense Shifting
• Commas
• Betrayals of Language
Cliché
• Afterword
• Glossary
• Exercise
• Index

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