Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch
Let Verbs Power Your Writing
A writing handbook that celebrates the infinite pizzazz of verbs.
Writers know it
instinctively: Verbs make a sentence zing. Grammar gurus agree: Drama in
writing emerges from the interplay of a subject (noun) and a predicate (verb).
Constance Hale, the best-selling author of Sin and Syntax, zooms in on the colorful world of verbs.
Synthesizing the pedagogical and the popular, the scholarly and the scandalous,
Hale combines the wit of Bill Bryson with the practical wisdom of William
Zinsser. She marches through linguistic history to paint a layered picture of
our language—from before it really existed to the quirky usages we see online
today. She warns about habits to avoid and inspires with samples of brilliant
writing. A veteran teacher, Hale gives writing prompts along the way, helping
readers “try, do, write, play.” Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch guides us to more powerful writing by demonstrating
how to use great verbs with style.
- October 2012
- 5.9 × 8.6 in
/ 400 pages
- Territory Rights: Worldwide