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So... which is your favorite? :) I prefer The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, myself. I haven't had as much time as I would have liked to hone the writer's art over the last few years, but it'd be nice to get back into improving the way I write someday, if for no other reason than to facilitate personal expression.
I am a down to basics The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, kind of guy myself. My wife however is a professional copyeditor, she has a LIBRARY of Style/Grammar books. Most very serious, others not quite so serious.
For example she just purchased/read Eats, Shoots & Leaves (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1592400876/qid=1092437696/sr=8-1/ref=pd_ka_1/103-7065661-5187035?v=glance&s=books&n=507846) which apparently is quite readable for all. (I have not read it yet.)
I also have several books on the grammar I will be buying for her birthday or Christmas. She eats it up!
I heard that the Elements of Style was originally self-published.
In addition to EoS, I use the APA Publication Manual for citiation format and other things.
Elements of Style as well.
Couple that with AP and Libel book, and you're doing ok.
By the way, Anyone have the Writers Guide to Book Editors, Publishers and Literary Agents 2002-2003, published by Herman?
Great resource...I've sent some stuff out recently. You know, publish or perish!
Wow, I had no idea so many people were Strunk/White junkies.
I so feel like I belong here! :)
I like the AP Stylebook that Journalists use. I become accustomed to it when in J-School and it kind of stuck with me. The Strunk one is great also as is the APA. They all help in getting me organized, but the doing it part is up to me! Mark Twain said you need three things to be a writer: "write, write and write." This is a neat forum so keep up the good work and I hope all of us Glock people continue to write!
If you want to write books rather than magazine articles, I would advise familiarizing yourself with "Chicago Manual of Style." It differs a bit from AP style, which is used by most magazines and newspapers. It contains some good guidelines for forewords, indexes, and other parts of books that generally don't appear in magazine and newspaper articles.
I'm with the rest of you... but I also found the Texas Law School Style Manual to be interesting.
this is my first post here, so a small intro might be in order. i've been writing and editing "professionally" for the past ~8 years, though not what most would consider professionally. in the marine corps, we have rather different writing, somewhat crossing traditional journalism and "propaganda"; however, the fundamentals are all the same.
with that said, two books that helped me write better and, at the same time, helped me coach better are:
Sin and Syntax : How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0767903099/qid=1110217979/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-7470204-1806332)
On Writing Well (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060006641/qid=1110218199/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-7470204-1806332)
since my background is in nonfiction and creative nonfiction, i can't really comment on much else. i look forward to commenting here more as well as on the rest of the site.
+1 for Strunk/White;f
And I really recommend Eats, Shoots & Leaves...very fun, quick read:)
I would recommend "Who's (whose) Grammar Book is this Anyway?"
Really easy read and makes things "fun" and easier to understand. :)
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