New York, NY :, The Experiment, LLC,, 2018.
263 pages ; 21 cm
Surviving the language wars
The big picture
Nuts and bolts
Punctuation and symbols
Sentence surgery : the writer as editor
Bells and whistles : bringing things to life
Perils and pitfalls
Out into the world
Appendix : Forms of address.
"In Write to the Point, accomplished author and literary critic Sam Leith kicks the age-old lists of dos and don'ts to the curb. Yes, he covers the nuts and bolts we need to be in complete command of the language: grammar, punctuation, parts of speech, and other subjects half-remembered from grade school. But more importantly, he charts a commonsense course between the "Armies of Correctness" and the "Descriptivist Irregulars." For Leith, knowing not just the rules but also how and when to ignore them--developing an ear for what works best in context--is everything. In this master class, Leith teaches us a skill of paramount importance in this smartphone age, when we all carry a keyboard in our pockets: to write clearly and persuasively for any purpose--to write to the point." -- From Amazon.com summary.