Help with Writing
Here you'll find links to information on the writing process, how to write more effective sentences and help with grammar.
Help with Grammar
Introduction to the Writing Process:
- The ABCs of the Writing Process - by A.E. Lipkewich and R. Mazurenko from Edmonton Public Schools (old site with pop-ups, but good information).
- The Stages of the Writing Process - from Rhetoric and Composition at Wikibooks.
- The Writing Process - from the Purdue Online Writing Center (OWL).
- The Writing Process - from Daily Writing Tips.
- The Writing Process - from the Online Guide to Writing and Research, University of Maryland University College.
- The Writing Process - created by Eric Grunwald from MIT Global Studies and Language.
- 5 Ways to Write a Damn Good Sentence - by Demian Farnworth on Copyblogger.
- Are You Writing Effective Sentences? - from Writing Forward.
- Clear, Concise Sentences (click the + sign next to Clear, Concise Sentences to view the different pages for this handout) - from the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Designing Effective Sentences - from the Paradigm Writing Assistant (POWA).
- Focusing Sentences through Parallelism - from the Writer's Web at the University of Richmond's Writing Center.
- The Four Commandments of Writing Good Sentences - by Bonnie Trenga from Writer's Digest.
- Improving Sentence Clarity - from the Purdue OWL.
- Sentence Clarity Presentation - from the Purdue OWL.
- Sentence Variety - from the Purdue OWL.
- Writing Concise Sentences - from the Guide to Grammar and Writing at Capital Community College.
- Guide to Grammar and Writing - from Capital Community College.
- Grammar - from the Purdue OWL; look to the left-hand navigation to see different grammar topics.
- Grammar and Punctuation from the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Grammar Bytes!
- Grammar Condensed from LEO at St. Cloud State University (old site but good information).
- Grammar Handbook from the Writer's Workshop at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Grammarly - free grammar checker.
- Grammar Slammer: English Grammar Resource - from EnglishPlus+ (old site, good information - grammar never ages!)
- Guide to Grammar and Style - by Jack Lynch at Rutgers-Newark University (another old site, but again, grammar never ages!).
- Ask a Linguist - from the Linguist List at Eastern Michigan University.
- Avoiding Cliches in Writing - from the Writer's Web at the University of Richmond.
- Conciseness - from the Purdue OWL (see the left-hand navigation for topics related to Conciseness).
- Gender Neutral Language - from The Legal Writing Teaching Assistant: The Law Student's Guide to Good Writing by Professor Mark Grinker at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
- Language: Revising for Conciseness and Clarity - from the Purdue OWL.
- Paramedic Method: A Lesson in Writing Concisely - from the Purdue OWL.
- Thesaurus.com - find synonyms to replace the words you're using in your piece of writing.
- World Wide Words - Michael Quinion writes on International English from a British Point of View - World Wide Words tries to record at least some part of this shifting wordscape by featuring new words, word histories, the background to words in the news, and the curiosities of native English speech. (author no longer updating the site, but still lots of great information)
- Word Choice - from the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Word Choice - video by Shmoop.
- WordNet - a Lexical Database for English from Princeton University.
- Wordsmith.org: The Magic of Words - Home of A Word a Day, the Internet Anagram Server, and the Word Server.
- Punctuation - from the Purdue OWL (see the left-hand navigation for more about puncuation).
- Punctuation - from the Writing Center at the University of Ottawa
- Punctuation: A Quick and Simple Guide to Punctuation
- The Punctuation Guide
- Punctuation Patterns - from the Writing Center at Hamilton College.
- Tips on Grammar, Punctuation and Style - from the Harvard College Writing Center.