Surfing the web is like hunting for buried treasure. There is so much information, but much of it goes unused and undiscovered because the site is not actively promoted, or because we simply don’t know where to look.
This time I began my search with broad terms such as “writing” and “grammar.” There was buried treasure, lots of it. I hope you find something of value in this list.
Sol Stein (author, editor, publisher, lecturer, software creator, and more)
I was pleased to discover Sol Stein has a new book due out in November, 2010 from St. Martin’s Griffin. The book is available for pre-order now: Sol Stein's A-Z Guide to Writing Success and Publishing Know-How: Quick Solutions, Smart Techniques for Fiction and Nonfiction Professionals and Beginners.
Stein is the author of two books on the craft of writing, books I frequently recommend:
Stein On Writing: A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies
How to Grow a Novel: The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Overcome Them
Steven Barnes’ UCLA Writing Course (author, screenwriter, and instructor)
Barnes has a complete 9-Week Introduction to Screenwriting Course online. No registration needed. Absolutely free. It’s all there, just waiting for you to take advantage of the opportunity.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
If you need a little help refreshing your memory on rules of grammar and punctuation, want advice on how to go about proofreading your manuscript, or want to check out the posts at the Grammar Gang blog, this site might be helpful.
And three more gems to help you hone your writing skills.
50 Best Blogs for Grammar Geeks -- Although this page from Online University Reviews is not dated, I tried several of the links and they were current and active.
Five Easy Steps to Editing Your Own Work by Anna Goldsmith at Copyblogger
Writing Exercises from Brian Kiteley, professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Denver.
Patricia Stoltey is a mystery author, blogger, and critique group facilitator. Active in promoting Colorado authors, she also helps local unpublished writers learn the critical skills of manuscript revision and self-editing. For information about Patricia’s Sylvia and Willie mystery series, visit her website and her blog. You can also find her on Facebook (Patricia Stoltey) and Twitter (@PStoltey).