Grammar, Grammar, Grammar!

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grammarby Catherine L. Tully

I know I have mentioned this great resource before, but only in passing. Grammar Girl is a heavy-duty tool for the writer–new or experienced. Mignon Fogarty is the name behind this character, and her “Quick and Dirty Tips For Better Writing” include goodies such as:

  • Affect vs. Effect
  • Toward vs. Towards
  • All Right vs. Alright
  • Lay vs. Lie

These are excellent, bite-sized tips for the writer that can mean the difference between getting a query nod and having the editor hit delete. Let’s face it–in this business, you’ve got to know what you are doing when it comes to grammar and sentence structure.


It doesn’t really matter how you decide to keep up with Grammar Girl. She’s on Twitter and she even has her own podcast on iTunes. A little honesty? It’s the only podcast that I have actually downloaded and listened to on my iPhone.

Naturally, if you prefer a good, old-fashioned book you can go that route as well.

Why am I so excited about this? Well, grammar is huge, and it is usually presented in the most awful, boring format. Grammar Girl gives it to you straight, but in a palatable way, without taking too long to get the point across. I’m a serious fan.

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2 thoughts on “Grammar, Grammar, Grammar!”

  1. Catherine,

    Thanks so much for the post on Grammar Girl. She is one of my all-time favorites. I subscribe to her daily e-mail, which actually arrives about once a week, and her podcasts on iTunes. The latter are fantastic, with the small exception of having to listen to a brief advertising message each time.

    GG assesses all aspects of grammar and punctuation, and also has a few podcasts on creative writing that were written by Scott Sigler, author of Ancestor and Contagious. I’m a manuscript editor and Scott was a client of mine–he’s written some terrific books and knows how to promote himself through podcasting.

    GG also gives away free books to people who subscribe to her newsletters. Well worth the time and effort. I always learn something new from her.


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