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Old 08-14-2014, 08:09 PM   #1
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Can anyone suggests a writing book...

I was wondering if anyone can suggest a good writing book that goes over tenses, past, present future and such? I've been writing for a while but I know it's my biggest weakness. I was hoping to find a good writing book that goes over it as apart from a standard grammar book as it seems to sink in better that way. I though some of the books on point of view might have some but I've yet to find one. I think if I can sharpen my tense use my writing will be much better.

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Old 08-14-2014, 08:18 PM   #2
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These are old editions now, but there may be new ones--quite understandable, with examples and exercises, workbooks I've used with basic editing classes (but just as good for writers):

Eugene Ehrlich, Punctuation, Capitalization, and Spelling, from Schaum's Theory and Problems Outline Series (McGraw-Hill).

David and Barbara Daniels, English Grammar, Harpercollins College Outline.
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You should also consider taking a look at the Lit Writers Resources. Good stuff....

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You should also consider taking a look at the Lit Writers Resources. Good stuff....

I was going to suggest just that ^^^^
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I was going to suggest just that ^^^^
I figured you were. So I quickly swept in ahead of you to ensure that I am the one getting the glory and consequently the admiration and carnal attention of all the sexy groupies. Hah!
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:21 PM   #6
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Some other helpful books on style, etc., are "The Elements of Style," by Strunk and White, and "Eats, Shoots, Leaves," by Lynne Truss. I haven't read either one, but they are frequently cited.

For more general info on writing, I'd recommend Stephen King's "On Writing" and "Danse Macabre," although more the former, I think. Both are good reads, though.
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:01 AM   #8
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There is one book, a lot refer to it as the secretary's bible, and that's the Gregg Reference Manual. It will help you with everything from punctuation, grammar, usage and spelling.
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I'd suggest almost any school text book, especially of the 1960s.
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:17 AM   #10
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In the old days people learned crafts one step at a time, starting with the basics.

Writing what you mean to say is the absolute basic, and I cant name one book or author who covers the subject.
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Oh! I just asked a really similar question without bothering to read this
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Old 08-15-2014, 10:06 AM   #12
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Strunk and White might help: http://faculty.washington.edu/heager...trunkWhite.pdf
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Old 08-20-2014, 03:23 PM   #13
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I don't think that a book is going to help you that much - I am sure you have internalized the rules, you just aren't aware of it. I recommend, when you do your proofreading, read your story out loud to yourself. I think you'll find your tense disagreements if you can hear them aloud. -TOWM
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I've met very few writers--and all of them were seasoned professional writers--who had internalized standard writing guidance well enough not to have to have written sources at hand and not to check them frequently. So, I don't think "you don't need help" is very good advice. I commend the OP for realizing that.
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A good start is KillerMuffin:

http://www.literotica.com/s/a-crash-course-in-grammar
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I was wondering if anyone can suggest a good writing book that goes over tenses, past, present future and such? I've been writing for a while but I know it's my biggest weakness. I was hoping to find a good writing book that goes over it as apart from a standard grammar book as it seems to sink in better that way. I though some of the books on point of view might have some but I've yet to find one. I think if I can sharpen my tense use my writing will be much better.

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I can recommend
"Gwynne's Grammar" by N.M.Gwynne. Publ. Ebury Press, ISBN: 9780091951450.

It claims to incorporate Strunk's Guide to Style.
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