Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tip for Tuesday - For Writers

A great writing resource is The Elements of Style by William Struck Jr. and E.B. White.

It's a short little book packed full with helpful tips, hints, and examples.

Here is one example of the types of advice listed in the book:

"Exclamations: Do not attempt to emphasize simple statements by using a mark of exclamation.

The exclamation mark is to be reserved for use after true exclamations or commands.

What a wonderful show!
Halt!

Margins: Keep right-hand and left-hand margins roughly the same width."


Have you found any great writing resources - please share them in the comments section. Thanks.

11 comments:

Bish Denham said...

Word Magic by Cindy Rogers is a good one.

David Batista said...

I live and die by this book, Kim. Good call!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

This is a must-have for writers. So is The Lively Art of Writing.

MG Higgins said...

I didn't know about this book! Thanks for the suggestion.

C.R. Evers said...

I'll have to check this out! Thanks for the suggestion.

Rena said...

I don't have this book, but I do have my boy's language books that we read day after day after day ...

Wendy said...

I really like this book, even though some of the "rules" have been questions the last several years (probably have been ever since it was published). I think for those who have no idea where to start, it's a great resource. (Also for anyone else--but more experienced writers will know which "rules" they can break.)

Dee White said...

Kim, I'll have to put this book on my 'to buy list'. I totally agree about exclamation marks...although I have to confess that I too have been guilty of overusing them at times:-)

Joyful said...

I really like your blog.
These are some suggestions I need to follow.
Thanks


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Amy Baskin said...

Great book, Kim! I can't think of anything better that's oriented towards style and usage. Love 'Bird by Bird' and 'Steering the Craft' though. Hope to see you at 5th Fri.

Peggy Archer said...

I got this book looong ago when I started writing. It's great!