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Co-author of East of Tiffany's, 13 short stories of a Latino immigrant's success in USA; a journey from West Harlem to Sutton Place and Park Avenue. Check out the reviews in Amazon.com and in Barnes and Noble.

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My best sellers are my translations of La Dame aux Camelias and Madam Bovary

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Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.

Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99


Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language. Transliterated into easy language for enjoyable reading pleasure. Because The Lazarillo of Tormes pointed a new direction, European and American literature benefited with titles that today are considered classics: Cervantes’ Rinconete and Cortadillo; Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews; Tobias Smollett’s Roderick Random, and Peregrine Pickle; Voltaire’s Candide; Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. And many others to include American works ranging from Mark Twain to Saul Bellow.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art. According to Ortega, the arts don't have to tell a human story; art should deal with its own forms—and not with the human form.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic. This e-book teaches how to break the pattern Subject-verb-object--and discard openings that begin with nouns, articles, and pronouns.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality. While business terminology is interwoven throughout these short stories, it's not business lessons that I take away with me, but life lessons. The circumstances and the characters' profound humanity are relatable despite their zip code . "Luke, Postmodern Man" offers a new vista into faith, suffering, and love of neighbor. Way after you read this book you'll find yourself thinking about the various characters throughout the series of stories and will find solace in their unwavering faith. The narrators' ability to reflect on their hardships with such serenity is inspiring.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers! Every page is filled with great writing tips, training lessons, and wonderful useful writing skills! Not only do I write essays for college, but also short stories!
--IVONNIE Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK













All my books are now in KINDLE


Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99
Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Sentence Openers
East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5


The most beloved short story from Spanish literature
All my books are in NOOK $0.99 or in Amazon KINDLE $0.99








All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.
Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99

Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers!
--Ivonnie Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK





Available in KINDLE $0.99


Available in KINDLE $0.99

Friday, February 14, 2014

Mary Duffy's Sentence Openers: "More Useful than the Elements of Style"



Mary Duffy’s Sentence 

Openers
Write American English Prose with Style!

For college students, high school students, teachers, attorneys, policemen, paralegals, doctors, nurses, dentists, scientists, and even professional writers


 


 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Prologue

This guide attempts to set a fresh approach to the writing of riveting prose; an approach that isn’t found in any of the traditional books published by theorists, successful and unsuccessful writers, as well as writers’ workshops, and writers’ conferences.

So, don’t—for a second—expect a “How to” traditional guide to writing American English prose.

You won’t find the quaint concepts and convenient classifications that theorists have compiled over the years: voice, dialogue, setting, theme, genre, plot, climax, dénouement, character, motivation, flashbacks, point of view, essays, précis (summaries), etc.

Nor will you find grammar and syntax rules or a treatise in style. 

Instead you will find in this book a practical discussion of topics and concepts—illustrated with copious examples—that even some successful writers often ignore much to their detriment.

But on the other hand, master writers deploy to their advantage each and every one of the techniques you’ll find in this guide. That is what makes them master writers. But try as hard as you might —searching the Internet, bookstores, or college and universities’ libraries and writing centers— you won’t find all of these techniques in one single book.

This book —Sentence Openers— collects all the sentence openers’ techniques.

Take a determined—but inexperienced—writer struggling to depict a scene in which a character is pondering suicide:

She sank in the sofa and thought about suicide.
That is a perfectly acceptable sentence, but by opening the sentence with a grammatical opener (the past participle), a good writer will whip up the sentence into a dramatic opener that gives the writing a powerful punch:
Overwhelmed by the horrifying thought, she sank in the sofa.
If the writer adds a few ‘nominative absolutes,’ then the sentence will become dramatic, gripping, adding immediacy and emotion by filling the reader’s mind with a sense of simultaneity:
Overwhelmed by the horrifying thought, teeth clenched, the box cutter tightly gripped in her hand, she sank in the sofa, tears coursing down her cheeks.

We are absolutely convinced that the topics and concepts discussed in this textbook will become indispensable tools for the writer who wants to craft athletic, galloping, and riveting prose.

To make our task easier (and the reader’s) we will define and explain all the sentence openers discussed—so as to avoid sending you to a grammar book, Wikipedia, or Google. But we will also illustrate their practical use by means of examples culled from a variety of books of fiction and non-fiction.

To add strength and support to the features we recommend, we will also use examples, both negative and positive, from popular and literary writers that have stood the test of time. We’ve chosen them not because they are bestsellers, but because they are extremely well written, and never boring.

Although contemporary writers focus on the use of short, declarative sentences, metaphors, and similes, what really accounts for agile, breathless writing is the effective use of sentence openers. Therefore, we will focus —in this guide— only on this powerful tool that is ‘sentence openers.’
The great teacher of literary composition and rhetoric, Dionysius of Halicarnassus,[i] in his essay “On Literary Composition” said:
Prose enjoys complete freedom and license to vary composition by whatever changes it pleases. The finest style of all is that which contains the greatest amount of relief from monotony and change of structure… (153).
Sameness and monotony are the writer’s enemy, variation his friend. Dionysius continues: “in discourse, variation is a most attractive and beautiful quality.” Who can disagree with that? And yet, what we find in contemporary writers is all but sameness and monotony.
By imitating the great writers and by daily practice, your writing will take off, fly, soar, and glide for the years to come. Writing and learning by precepts is useless; that is why, though millions of aspiring writers buy Strunk and White’s Elements of Style, they rarely open it. Who wants to learn all those impossible precepts, also called maxims or rules of grammar and usage?
Not only will your writing improve, but also your thinking. Giambattista Vico in his book New Science (1744) said: “The art of writing has greatly refined the nature of our thought …”
What are you waiting for? Go on to Chapter 1, and learn all about making your writing come alive with Sentence Openers!
But wait! Before you immerse yourself in our lessons, let us teach you an important lesson by setting a negative rule: Never open your sentences with: There is, There are, or There were, for these openers never add any meaning to a sentence. For examples see the glossary under ‘Empty sentence openers.’
Now tackle chapter 1.


[i]                 Dionysius of Halicarnassus (Halicarnassus c. 60 BC–after 7 BC) was a Greek historian and teacher of rhetoric, who flourished during the reign of Caesar.

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