Punctuation for Writers
Whether you're a beginning writer or an old pro, a full- or part-time freelancer, a student writer, an essayist, a short story writer, a novelist, or a poet, punctuation is the third most important tool in your inventory. It ranks only after your ability to form letters from lines, circles, and arcs, and your ability to arrange those letters into words. Unfortunately, punctuation also is one of the most often misused tools at your disposal.
Punctuation for Writers is a completely unique approach to punctuation. It teaches writers to wield punctuation as a tool rather than treating it as just one more thing they have to look up and "get right." I cringe every time someone says "Oh the most important two books in my writing library are PFW and Strunk & White" because here's the thing: Once you've read and understood PFW, you no longer need rules-regurgitating books. You no longer need rules at all because now you understand what the punctuation itself actually does, the effect it actually has on the reader. In giving you Knowledge, Punctuation for Writers renders "rules" obsolete. Someday physicists are going to find out that The Equation that explains everything in the universe is 1 = 1. Everything in math boils down to 1. That's what PFW has done for punctuation. Includes an essential grammar refresher.
- FrostProof808, February 2011
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