Busy Writer's Guides Book - Grammar for Fiction Writers

Grammar for Fiction Writers: Busy Writer's Guides Book (2014)


Part I. Punctuation Basics

Chapter 1. Throwdown: Possessives vs. Contractions

Chapter 2. Comma Problems

Chapter 3. Dashes, Semicolons, and Ellipses-Oh My!

Chapter 4. How to Format Dialogue

Chapter 5. Take It to the Page: Part One

Part II. Knowing What Your Words Mean and What They Don’t

Chapter 6. Commonly Confused Words

Chapter 7. Imaginary Words and Phrases

Chapter 8. Crutch Words

Chapter 9. Weak Words

Chapter 10. Connotation vs. Denotation

Chapter 11. Take It to the Page: Part Two

Part III. Grammar Rules Every Writer Needs to Know and Follow

Chapter 12. Passive Voice vs. Active Voice

Chapter 13. Subject-Verb Agreement

Chapter 14. Double Negatives

Chapter 15. Don’t Get Tense

Chapter 16. Lack of Parallelism

Chapter 17. Woe Is Me: Dealing With I/Me, Who/Whom, and That/Which/Who

Chapter 18. Take It to the Page: Part Three

Part IV. Special Challenges for Fiction Writers

Chapter 19. Dangling Participles and Misplaced Modifiers

Chapter 20. Reversing Cause and Effect

Chapter 21. Are Your Characters Doing the Impossible?

Chapter 22. Orphaned Dialogue and Pronouns

Chapter 23. Take It to the Page: Part Four

Part V. “Rules” You Can Safely Ignore When Writing Fiction

Chapter 24. Grammar Taboos That Aren’t

APPENDIX A. Do the Grammar Checks Provided by Word Processing Programs Work?

APPENDIX B. 200 Commonly Confused Words

APPENDIX C. Glossary of Fiction Terms