Today, we're continuing the What's Your Answer feature by exploring this month's theme about writing and grammar books. I'll pose questions and offer my answers. Then, it's your turn to answer one or more of the questions in the comment section. If you answer one, you're welcome to expand. More than one means curbing your answers. You're welcome to include one website or blog link as well.
Have you bought or read any writing or grammar books lately?
No, I'm afraid not. For many years, I subscribed to Writers Digest Club where I purchased a book a month. Almost all of them were in some way related to writing or grammar. I've got a full library of such books, but have not read one of them from cover to cover. That said, they're a great security blanket.
Do you recommend any new writing or grammar books?
I don't own an edition, but I've heard lots of good things about the Chicago Manual of Style, which is frequently updated.
What method do you use when you've got a writing or grammar question?
I confess to employing the lazy approach. For spelling, sometimes I use the dictionary in Word. If I'm not using a Word document, or if Word doesn't have an answer, I turn to Google and type in what I think is the correct spelling. My version may not be right, but with a few guesses, eventually the correct spelling will turn up.
That system often works with grammar questions as well. If I type in a phrase which is any way connected with my question, I can usually find an article on the Internet addressing my query.
Sometimes I even break down and hunt for one of the reference books in my print library, but the computer is my first choice. Can't beat it for convenience.
Your Turn. What do you do?
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