A lot of writers and editors have a treasure trove of resources they refer to daily. We decided we’d like to share some resources we use and that our friends use. We hope they’ll help you.
The Elements of Style
The Elements of Style by E.B. White and William Strunk Jr. is arguably the most helpful of all resources. This little wonder can answer pretty much any question you have about usage, grammar, form, and composition.
The Book on Writing
Paula LaRocque’s The Book on Writing: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well will teach you how to structure sentences and paragraphs to really make your writing flow.
Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft gives writers advice on taking writing and life seriously, interspersed with stories of what inspires King and changed his life.
The Little Red Writing Book
The Little Red Writing Book by Brandon Royal has tips for writers on the four pillars of writing: structure, style, readability, and grammar.
ChompChomp.com has tutorials, exercises, courses, tips, and rules on all the grammar rules you can think of.
The Purdue Online Writing Lab
The Purdue Online Writing Lab has tips for all writing styles from Chicago to AP to APA style.
Check out these resources and you’ll be one step closer to becoming the writer you want to be.
Depending on the type of writing you’re doing and where you hope to publish your work, you may have to follow a certain style. Below are three common styles and their corresponding guides.
- AP Stylebook: Called “the journalist’s bible,” the AP Stylebook details every rule that the Associated Press requires a journalist follow.
- APA Style: The American Psychological Association’s publication manual has all the information you’ll need about formatting papers and writing for the sciences.
- Chicago Manual of Style: Widely used in book publishing, as well as certain journals.
- MLA Style: Common in research papers in the humanities and liberal arts.
Some publishers have their own editorial style guidelines. If you’re writing for your website or for yourself, you can choose to use your own style or adopt an existing one.
Check out last week’s post about who v. that and come back next week to learn about words and phrases whose misspelling or misuse has been adopted over time.
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