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The Pen Commandments [Paperback]

Steven Frank
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September 14, 2004 1400032296 978-1400032297

   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 changeand enliventhe way you write forever.

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Editorial Reviews


"A highly readable book that entertains as it instructs... Even veteran writers will find a new perspective on the whole writing venture... Almost anyone will find the book a delightful, useful tool for writing well."- Quill and Scroll

“Steven Frank is the English teacher you wish you’d had in high school. That’s because he knows that education and humor make terrific team teachers. If thou wishest to become a better—and more joyful—writer, thou shalt follow The Pen Commandments.”
—Richard Lederer, author of A Man of My Words

"Frank's approach is fresh and irreverent... If writers absorb Frank's commandments, they'll reap a worthwhile reward: good writing."- The Advocate

"Helpful... To be read as you write...Frank is generous; he doesn't want anyone to be frightened away from the sport because the don't know the rules."- Los Angeles Times

From the Inside Flap

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 Commandments is a witty and accessible book that entertains as it instructs.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (September 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400032296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400032297
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb writing guide May 5, 2005
This book should be mandatory reading for every high school student. It's the best guide to writing a coherent, well-structured essay or report that I've seen. I'm planning on having my kids read it - after I'm done with it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading December 28, 2008
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This is a wonderful resource for the beginning to intermediate writer. But unlike most textbooks, it is well-written and highly entertaining. I wish this person had been my teacher!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but many typo's... June 23, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed the book, it is exactly as described. I found it well written, funny, and helpful. I got it for myself as well as my kids, to help improve our writing.
The only thing keeping me from giving it 5 stars is that the Kindel edition that I purchased has many typos (mostly extra spaces inside words).
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