I am in the process of writing a novel, and I realize that it's been forever since I've been in a Writing or English class. I've read so many books that writing comes second nature, and I can usually write large chunks without any spelling or structure errors, but even so, I frequently find myself switching tenses (past or present) and just flat out not being consistent. For instance, I change Point of Views randomly, etc. Verbs, Adverbs, Pronouns...I don't even know what any of those things are (although I probably use them correctly without knowing it). Even in this post I am making, I am sure I've made mistakes, with commas or something else. I realize an editor would fix most of the errors, but I want to become a better writer all the same. I want to master the fundementals, so I can recognize my mistakes and correct them, and even break them when the time comes (and develop my own style). Should I take a local writing class at a college? Or is there a writing book I could pick up that specifically teaches me these things? I work in a school, and I almost thought about borrowing an English book from one of the teachers here, but those are like a thousand pages and filled with junk (classwork). I may get on You Tube and learn some stuff as well, but it would be nice to have a handy book to reference. Sorry if this question is so weird.