Later this week I’m running a teleseminar on Editing and Revising for Short Story Writers
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This seminar won’t be a grammar lesson because I’ve noticed that most of the writers around here are, well, pretty good writers. But, in case you need a little help, or have that one rule that always trips you up, here are some great grammar and style resources for you:
Mignon Fogarty is possibly the most famous grammarian around these days and this page is a great start for those little grammar niggles that plague you.
This is a fun grammar and words podcast from Minnesota Public Radio. It’s short (6-8 minutes) and entertaining. Just the thing for a quick drive or during your morning shower!
Straightforward, clear definitions plus a test-your-own grammar section. Oh, and a gorilla.
If you write for magazines or newspapers in the US, this is the style guide they probably use. The site requires a subscription but it is exhaustive — and you can get a free trial.
A great resource from Purdue University. Lots of good stuff in here.
But for all this, the absolute best thing you can do to improve your grammar is read lots and lots of really well-written books: immerse yourself in awesome grammar. (I recommend Dickens, P. G. Wodehouse, Norton Juster, John Steinbeck, Stephen King, A.S. Byatt, oh and many, many others).
You cannot immerse yourself in wonderful writing and come away worse off. You cannot read perfect grammar and not absorb it.
So, I repeat the best advice ever give to any writer: read, read, read!