There are many resources you can use to help you be a better writer.
The most important of these is a dictionary. Any reputable dictionary
For those in search of synonyms, a thesaurus is a useful tool. Roget's
is the best known thesaurus. However, HMG cautions against running to
the thesaurus to find unusual replacements for perfectly useful, simple
words. There is really no need to say "gangle-shanked" when
"tall" will do.
There are numerous books that teach grammar and style. The best known
- Elements of Style by Strunk and White
- The Chicago Manual of Style.
A recent release, which HMG has found most useful, is Woe Is I
by Patricia T. O'Conner.
In addition, a helpful reader highly recommends The Complete Transitive
Vampire and The New Well-Tempered Sentence, both by Karen
Elizabeth Gordon. Your local bookstore or the reference section of your
library should have a selection of such volumes.
This concludes Holy Mother Grammatica's lessons in good writing. Should
you have any questions, HMG would be happy to answer them for you.
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