Because Communication is Key!
The TWO Super Powerful Secrets you MUST KNOW to Write Compelling Copy for Twitter & Facebook
& Usage Manuals
|Resources--Style Guides & Usage
One of the main sources of confusion (and frustration) for the non-specialist is the vehement difference of opinion among editors and English teachers expressed with the authority of a maxim despite being so often myth--
Never begin a sentence with the word because, or end one with a preposition.
Which may only be used to introduce non-restrictive clauses.
Always (or never) use a comma to separate the last item in a list.
—all of which are matters of opinion,
although you wouldn’t know it to hear some of the debates I’ve
witnessed. And any writer who has been at the receiving end of some
pundit’s red pen may feel less than confident that they have had a mere
difference of opinion. So here’s how to build your confidence.
Keep a cheat sheet for the problem areas you recognize. And as you self-edit, you’ll be surprised how often your memory is jogged to double check the usage manual for commonly confused words or a thorny punctuation decision.
Step number four, breathe deeply, and send your manuscript along its life path, trusting that you did your level best to commune with your readers in a thoughtful and considerate fashion, which is really what communication is all about.
|Associated Press||journalism, press releases, business||http://www.ap.org/|
|American Psychological Association||psychology, sociology, social science||http://www.apastyle.org/|
|The Chicago Manual of Style||history, the classics, the humanities||http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/|
|Council of Science Editors||science||http://www.councilscienceeditors.org/|
|Government Printing Office||the government||http://www.gpoaccess.gov/stylemanual/|
|Modern Language Association||English, the humanities, the arts, philosophy||http://www.mla.org/style|