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Sin Boldly! : Dr. Dave's Guide To Writing The College Paper - Dave Williams

Sin Boldly!

Dr. Dave's Guide To Writing The College Paper

Paperback Published: 11th August 2004
ISBN: 9780465091591
Number Of Pages: 240

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Cheeky, original, and decidedly practical to boot, Sin Boldly! is unlike any other writing handbook available. Jammed with sage advice, genuine encouragement, and surprising examples (of how to write and how not to write), this book gives beginning writers and confident students alike an easy-to-follow roadmap for improving one of the most important skills for success. En route to Sin Boldly!-induced, A+ paper bliss, readers encounter such topics as· Choosing a Topic and Telling Your Story ("K.I.S.S.-Keep It Simple, Stupid")· Literary Games (featuring "Francobabble for Freshman")· Choosing a Voice ("Dissing the Prof")· Grammatical Horrors ("A does not equal they")· Common Mistakes ("Hopefully and Other Controversies")Fully revised and updated with new examples, quizzes, and tips, Sin Boldly! is not only a comprehensive guide, but also a fantastic, fun read for anyone who wants to write clearly and effectively .

Introduction: What It's All Aboutp. xi
Some Really Crude Basicsp. 1
What Is a College Paper?
Format and Length
Timing Counts!
How Much Work Do I Have to Do?
Picking Your Nose at 4 a.m.
Choosing a Topic and Telling Your Storyp. 9
Why Must We Fight?
Daring Dissent
Swindler's List
Finding Patterns: Comparisons and Contrasts
Freeing the Slaves
Look for the Conflict
End with a Bang
Before Plunging In
In the Beginning ... Pulling Your Creation Out of the Voidp. 28
Do I Really Need an Outline?
What's in a Title?
The Topic Paragraph
Topic Sentences
Keep the Flow Going
Sentences and Paragraphs
Be Specific
Show; Don't Tell
Choosing a Voicep. 39
Who Must You Pretend to Be?
Faking Other Voices
Sin Boldly!
Voices to Avoid
Dissing the Prof
Imagining Your Audience
Ungrammatical Voices
Breezy or Pompous?
Plain-Style American Populismp. 54
Yankee Doodle's Macaroni
McMurphy's "Average Asshole"
The All-American Con-Man
Empowering or Cowering
PC Patty
Business and Other Jargon
Bushwhacking Bush
Choosing Wordsp. 67
Piss and Urine
Christian Dogs
Being Niggardly About the Paddy Wagon
Snobs and Slobs
Say What You Mean--Mean What You Say
The Prepositionless Excremental
Sexist Language
Past and Present
Poetic Prose
Arguing Your Casep. 87
No Right or Wrong
Make It Yours
Battle Tactics
VGs, AEs, and OAs
Show What You Know and Define Your Terms
Keep Your Argument Grounded
Refute! Reply! Fight Back!
The Propaganda Machine
How to Lose Your Casep. 102
Circular Reasoning
Just Say No to "Just"
Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc
Ad Hominem
False Choices
Non Sequitur
Teleological False Assumptions
Blaming the Victim
Emotionally Logical
For Instance: Three Examplesp. 110
"Robert Frost: Gentle New England Satanist"
"Bouncing into Graceland"
"Women Are Like Boxcars"
Literary Gamesp. 127
What Is "Literature," Anyway?
The "Deep Inner Meaning" Debate
The Voice Behind the Voice
Searching for Symbols
Texts in Context
Class and the Classroom Context
Cynics and Essentialists
Francobabble for Freshmen
Morality Plays
Dr. Dave's Dirty Dozen, or the Twelve Deadly Sins of Writing About Literature
The Social Sciencesp. 158
What's the Dif?
Free to Be? Free at All?
Nature and Nurture
Praise and Blame
Cause and Effect Again
Constructed Snobs and Essential Slobs
Grammatical Horrosp. 171
ONW--Omit Needless Words
NAS--Not a Sentence
MM--Misplaced Modifier
//--Parallelism Problem
A [not equal] They
OOG--One Step Beyond AWK
Typo--Typographical Error
WW--Wrong Word
Big Brother Bill Cannot Be Trusted
Some Common Stupid Mistakesp. 180
Its, It's, and Its'
One's and Theirs
The Split Infinitive
"Hopefully" and Other Controversies
Adjective or Adverb?
Prepositions and Their Pronouns
Fewer and Less
Who and Whom
Unclear Referents
I, Me, Mine
Subjunctive Dreams
Must of Alot of Attitude
Edit Carefully!
"Punct'uation!?!"p. 194
Clueless High School Teachers
Quotation Marks
Block That Quote!
Parentheses (), Brackets [], and Dashes
Citing Sources Successfullyp. 204
MLA Style
APA Style
Citing Cyberspace
Some Sample Quizzes--Just for Fun!p. 211
Test Your Skills
Why Punctuation Is Important
Why Punctuation Is Important: Two
Concluding Sermonp. 216
The Author's Rap Sheetp. 218
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780465091591
ISBN-10: 0465091598
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 11th August 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 13.9  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1