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to Grammar & Style
PRINT (Remember it?) RESOURCES:
There are many good books about writing
on the market. The following are especially helpful:
Dorothea Brande. BECOMING A WRITER. New
York: Houghton-Mifflin, 1981. Reprint of a 1934 self-help book filled
with practical and detailed suggestions on writing.
Rita Mae Brown. STARTING FROM SCRATCH. New York, Bantam, 1988. An interesting,
readable, useful, inspiring book with a nuts-and-bolts approach.
Natalie Goldberg. WRITING DOWN THE
BONES: Freeing the Writer Within. Boston: Shambhala, 1986. Using Zen
techniques, Goldberg teaches writers how to "unlearn" wrong-headed
assumptions about composition and tap into their creativity. Unusual
Peter Elbow. WRITING WITH POWER. Oxford: Oxford University Press,
1981. Practical techniques for mastering the writing process.
Peter Elbow. WRITING WITHOUT TEACHERS. New York: Oxford University
Press, 1973. Excellent common sense approach. Very helpful chapters
on free writing and setting up and working in writing groups.
Joanna Field. A LIFE OF ONE'S 0". Los Angeles, J.P. Tarcher,
Inc., 1981. Originally printed in 1936, this book chronicles a journey
of self exploration via diary and journal into awareness and authenticity.
Fields is also the author of two other books which deal with creativity:
AN EXPERIMENT IN LEISURE and ON NOT BEING ABLE TO PAINT.
Anne Lamott. BIRD BY BIRD: Some Instructions
on Writing and Life.
Daniel D. Pearlman and Paula R. Pearlman. GUIDE TO RAPID REVISION.
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Educational Publishing, 1982. A quick
and easy guide for grammar rules and correct usage. Leaves out the
things you don't need to know.
Gabriele Lussar Rico. WRITING THE NATURAL WAY: Using Right Brain
Techniques to Release Your Expressive Power. Los Angeles: J. P. Tarcher,
Inc., 1983. Stresses enhancing creativity and writing confidence
by using such techniques as clustering and visualization.
Kimberley Snow. WRITING YOURSELF
HOME. Berkeley: Conari, 1994.
Wm. Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White. ELEMENTS OF STYLE. New York: Macmillan,
1979. A lean classic with clear cut rules about style and usage.
Brenda Ueland. IF YOU WANT TO WRITE: A Book about Art, Independence
and Spirit. Saint Paul: Graywolf Press, 1987. First published in
1938, this excellent book by a remarkable woman includes such chapters
as "Why You Are Not to Be Discouraged, Annihilated by Rejection
Slips," and "Why Women Who do too Much Housework Should
Neglect it for their Writing."
William Zinsser. INVENTING THE TRUTH: The Art and Craft of Memoir.
William Zinsser. ON WRITING WELL. New York: Harper & Row, 1980,2004
Informal guide to writing good non-fiction.