Date of publication



1 85341 119 1

Paperback ISBN-13

978 185341 119 9 (paperback only)




A5 (210 x 148 mm)


£6.99 paperback only

So You Want To Be a Writer?A Guide to Style in English.
Ray Sparkes
Chris Sparkes


Creative writing is studied in school and college, and practised by many in their spare time. This informal book will assist those 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.


Ray Sparkes

Ray Sparkes taught English and Drama in Warwickshire and Hampshire secondary schools for twenty-nine years. He reviewed poetry for The Teacher and wrote regularly for the East Hampshire Post. After retiring from teaching, he ran his own bookshop in Petersfield fo six years and devoted most of his spare time to writing. Ray died in 1993.

Chris Sparkes

Chris Sparkes was educated at University College, Chichester, and has degrees in English with Related Arts, and in Creative Writing. He now lectures on Linguistics and Creative Writing at South Downs College, Waterlooville. He is married with two children, and lives near Petersfield, Hampshire.


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