Writing Resources

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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One library and bookstore shelf that's never empty is the reference section devoted to writing resources. The Internet--which includes websites, online booksellers, and e-books--is no different. If you want to bone up on something in particular or everything in general, it's out there. The list of topics runs in looping circles through grammar, style, usage skills, report writing, and business communications.

It covers punctuation, selling special features, travel logs, alternative health articles, and goodness knows what else. From bestsellers like Eats, Shoots & Leaves to Woe Is I, writing resources are popular for a simple reason. Good writing is important in the workplace. Most people recognize that. Certainly 99 percent of Fortune 1000 executives think it is in their promotion decisions.

Why Staying Abreast of Writing Resources Is a Good Idea

Whether you just enjoy language and writing, or it's important to your job, that's only the beginning. Writing resources are easy to find, potentially free, entertaining, and instructive. There's more. You tend to read something anyhow, don't you, when you're waiting for an airplane, riding the subway, or sitting and trying not to register the smell of the dentist's office?

Maybe quick-study guides to the most common grammatical and usage errors is what you have in mind. That's the best start, and right at the keyboard. Then, if you want to go more in depth, think about getting a copy of Strunk and White's A Manual of Style (one-quarter inch thick). You might want to invest in the AP Style Guide or Chicago Manual of Style, two industry standards. Then again, maybe an email subscription to William Safire's "On Language Column" from the New York Times would do the trick. If you are more internet-savvy, there are also grammar aids, as well as entire writing programs, that can be found online.


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