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Good writing does have rules. And for the beginner the rules can be a bit intimidating. Even though most of us have grown up writing, it doesn’t mean that we’ve ever had to worry about the rules of writing.
As a writer you are the master of your craft, so lets say there are no rules, only suggestions. I great place to start for writing suggestions is a book by, William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White.
This book is less than a 100 pages and has everything a writer needs to start learning proper syntax and grammar.
The Boston Globe said-“No book in shorter space, with fewer words, will help any writer more than this persistent little volume.”
It’s true the book is small, practically pocket-size, but it carries valuable information for any writer.
The book covers the Elementary Rules of Usage and Composition. I particularly like the section on An Approach to Style, it is a list of reminders and suggestions, not rules.
A few of these reminders are:
- Place yourself in the background
- Write with nouns and verbs
- Do not overwrite
- Avoid fancy words
- Be clear
- Prefer the standard to the offbeat
I highly recommend this tight easy read to any writer. You can pick up a copy for less than 10 bucks, and that’s a pretty affordable writing class.
It will affect your writing for the good.
Writing Prompt–Pick up a copy of The Elements of Style, and then take your last piece of writing and edit it with this book.