August 3, 2005
News & Opinion: How Not to Write Follow-up
I gave a nod to How Not to Write last week. I noticed some additional reading at the end of the book and thought I would pass it on.
- For Reference - The Little Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar by Sylvia Chalker (out of print)
- For Grammar - Rediscover Grammar by David Crystal (out of print)
- For Punctuation - Penguin Guide to Punctuation by R.L. Trask
- For Writing - Essential English for Journalists, Editors, and Writers by Harold Evans>
Author Terence Denman also suggests checking out the Plain English Campaign. They define plain english as "something that the intended audience can read, understand and act upon the first time they read it. Plain English takes into account design and layout as well as language."
With all of these resources, I expect all of you to get A's on your next writing assignment.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.