Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Happy National Grammar Day!

Here are a few of my favorite blogs devoted to grammar, punctuation, and style. I know it's Grammar Day and not Punctuation and Style Day, but good writing requires all three, and they are deeply intertwined.

SPOGG: The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar
Founders of National Grammar Day.

Mighty Red Pen
A little bit of everything, from punctuation issues in the news to zombie sightings.

The Blood-Red Pencil
Writing advice from 19 professional editors, including Maryann Miller, who used to lead the Nebraska Novelists group until she up and moved to Texas.

The Sentence Sleuth
Features "Criminal Sentences," in which she passes sentence on sentences so poorly written they ought to be criminal. (Like the one I just wrote.)

The Grammarphobia Blog
Answers to reader-submitted questions about grammar and word usage.

The Engine Room
Pokes fun at errors and oddities found in the wild, including signs and news headlines.

Apostrophe Abuse
That's right. A whole blog devoted to signs with prominent apostrophe errors. Go on, laugh at other people's mistakes.

Daily Writing Tips
As expected, offers daily writing tips, and also hosts a short story competition.

Pro Writing Tips
Backing away from the minutia of grammar to give writing advice that will help you develop your own style.

Evil Editor
He takes your query letters and synopses and burns them with his laser eye-beams, then mocks your plot mercilessly. Find out what it is that makes an editor heave your manuscript into the fire without even reading it.

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