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    the grammar dummy :)

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by lindsaylooh, Apr 28, 2008.

    I love writing but I hate the grammar and punctuation part of it! This is definitly my weakness in writing.

    A tip though: at Wal-Mart they sell the quick reference guides for different subjects and there is one of this type of thing. It has been really helpful to me so far!

    Lindsay
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    I like:
    The Little, Brown Handbook - good, easy to read, quick reference
    The Scott Foresman Handbook for Writers - A little more in depth but still very readable
    The Chicago Manual of Style - In depth, has answers the others don't cover.
     
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    My favorite is Diana Hacker's A Pocket Style Manual. It's a tiny little book with formatting directions for APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian, as well as grammar, clarity, mechanics, research sources, and a handy little grammatical terms widget that explains what everything else means. I looooove this little book!! In fact, I need a new copy of it, because I spilled a Coke on mine :(
     
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    thanks for the suggestions :) I will look to see if they have them in my library...


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    'The Elements of Style', by William Strunk, Jr, can also be found online: http://www.bartleby.com/141/

    A really helpful guide for me on not only grammar, but also word order and phrasing, is 'Self-Editing for Fiction Writers', by Renni Browne and Dave King.
     
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    i'm not sure that's the current version, 4th ed. ... i think it might be one of the older ones, which wouldn't be completely relevant to today's writing world...
     
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    LOL i'm with you on the bad grammer and spelling bit. I keep getting told I come up with good exciting plots and if i'd finish one a number of my freinds have volenteered to be my private editors to make sure that it is at least readable before i send it anywhere.. But thats not going to happen because "I" never end up likeing where my book is going so i stop scrap it and restart another one. LOL i know horrible way to write.
     
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    It probably isn't, but I keep it handy for the grammar points. And because I don't need to check it out from the library this way.
     
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    I'm not sure what edition my Strunk and White is, but the edges of the pages are yellow...

    I find it useful for higher level suggestions about style, but it doesn't contain much of the nitty-gritty of SPAG. For that I use the other references I mentioned, along with the Internet.
     
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    I couldn't agree with you more. I also has a little pocket editing and grammar book I found it very helpful. I've also used the site maia mentioned above very useful
     
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    i can't imagine anyone who's writing seriously not having this 'bible' on a shelf next to their writing place... why go to the library,when you can get the latest 4th ed. for less than 5 bucks, on amazon...
     
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    Because I've already read it and can find it online :D. I acutally don't have any writing books in my house on a permanent basis. Maybe I should, but if I did I'd take something like the 'Writer's Guide to Self-Editing', which is specificly working with fiction.
     
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    each to his own, but all the professional writers and even all the very popular ones i've known have kept standard reference books handy... and s&w, being a compilation of basic rules 'n regs is considered as much a de rigueur reference as a dictionary and thesaurus...

    that said, i don't keep any 'writing books' either, nor do i ever recommend them, if by that term you mean books by writers or self-appointed writing gurus on how to write this or that...

    hugs, m
     
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    Eats, Roots and Leaves is more of a humorous jab at bad grammar, but I think it's well worth the read and is probably pretty helpful, too.
     
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    i wouldn't recommend it as a guide... only as a fun read...
     

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