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So You Want To Be a Writer? A Guide to Style in English for Those Who Write.


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So You Want To Be a Writer? A Guide to Style in English for Those Who Write.
  • Date of publication: 24/9/2004
  • ISBN-10: 1 85341 119 1
  • Paperback ISBN-13: 978 185341 119 9 (paperback only)
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: A5 (210 x 148 mm)
  • Weight: 181 grammes (unwrapped)
A Guide to Style in English for Those Who Write
Author(s): Ray Sparkes and Chris Sparkes


Creative writing is studied in school and college, and practised by many in their spare time. This informal book will assist secondary-school students with their essay writing, and other writers who wish to improve their talent and to achieve success. It encourages them to become aware of good style in the work of past and present authors, and to recognize jargon and bad writing in everyday life. This book is a revised edition of the late Ray Sparkes’s book A Question of Style, published in 1986.


Clarity; What is Style? Jettisoning Jargon; Keeping to a Theme; Other Writers’ Styles; Letters – A lost Art? A Consideration of What Makes a Text Literary; What Makes Poetic Language? Writing Exercises at the End of Each Chapter.


Students in secondary school studying English language; adults in evening classes and extension courses on English language and creative writing; background reading in university, tertiary educational and teacher-training colleges.

Author / Compiler

Ray Sparkes

Ray Sparkes taught English and Drama for 29 years in Warwickshire and Hampshire secondary schools. He reviewed poetry for The Teacher and wrote regularly for the East Hampshire Post. He ran a bookshop in Petersfield for several years after retiring from teaching, but later devoted his time to writing. Ray died in 1993.

Chris Sparkes

Chris Sparkes, Ray's son, was educated at University College Chichester and graduated in English with Related Arts, and then was awarded a master's degree in Creative Writing. After some years of lecturing in Higher and Further Education, he is now a self-employed private tutor and runs writing groups in Petersfield and Alton. He founded and manages the Alton Writing Club, and finds time to run a small trout fishery. He is a widely published poet and recently published a translation of the New Testament from the original Greek.


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