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dcronin from Melbourne, Australia is reading Paying For It - Chester Brown January 16, 2012 - 7:02am

Hi all,
I'm Dave. I'm new here.

What would you say your most useful writing resource are? Books, websites, etc.

In others words what do you keep by your side when writing?

Dave

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Vonnegut Check from Baltimore January 16, 2012 - 7:40am

http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/ezine/index.php

The site is written by a Christian sci-fi writer, but regardless, most of what he says can be applied across all genres. Plus it's free.

On LitReactor, there are several writing essays. Not sure if you need a premium membership or not.

 

Best of luck.

EDIT: for books check out:

On Writing by Stephen King

The Elements of Style by Strunk & White

Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words January 16, 2012 - 8:27am

there's a similar thread from a ways back but I haven't been able to find it.

The above books seem to be popular here (although Strunk & White make me want to jump out a lowrise window).

For grammar, Practical English Usage by Michael Swan is my bible

the Canadian Style, is the general resource on capitalization, punctuation, acronyms, titles, Canadian vs UK vs US spelling

the Art of Fiction by John Gardner is a good resource on writing in general.

for etymology.

Elmore Leonard's rules for writing.

 

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words January 16, 2012 - 8:28am

p.s. Hi Dave. Welcome and hope you have fun honing your craft and procrastinating on the message boards!

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dcronin from Melbourne, Australia is reading Paying For It - Chester Brown January 16, 2012 - 9:27am

Hi postpomo. Haha, I feel like there's going to be a lot of procrastination.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry January 16, 2012 - 9:56am

Hi Dave!

And postpomo is correct.  Here's a link to a previous thread about this.  I don't know if it's the first one or not, though.

http://litreactor.com/discuss/your-toolkit-library

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dcronin from Melbourne, Australia is reading Paying For It - Chester Brown January 16, 2012 - 10:45am

Hi Utah1977

Thanks for that