20 August 2012

Prizes! Part One

For the What I Did Last Summer: Fact or Fiction? Blog Hop I will be giving away a non-fiction book to the winner of the fact entry (confused or wanna join in? click on the link). For the giveaway, I've compiled a list of four craft books I can't live without. Here are the first two:

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The Elements of Style, by William Strunk. This little book is a writer's best friend. If you don't have it, get it. Reading this book helped me develop my writing style. After I line edit a manuscript, I "Strunkize" it. I reread The Elements of Style and go through my manuscript to make sure Strunk would approve.








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Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, by Mignon Fogarty. Want a fun way to brush up on your grammar?  This book is full of quick tips that are easy to remember. I have three other grammar books, but hardly ever look at them because they're boooor-ing. Fogarty does the impossible—she makes grammar fun.







Do you have either of these books? What craft books do you use?

40 comments:

  1. I don't have enough writing craft books. In fact, the only one I have is Hooked by Les Edgerton. :)

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  2. I have The Elements of Style and would definitely recommend it. It's short and sweet.

    I don't have a Grammar Girl's book, but I often go to her website for tips and clarifications.

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  3. awesome prizes! looking forward to the fest!

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  4. I have the first one and it was a textbook in college (back in the day). I was an English major. The second one sounds great.

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  5. Elements of Style is one that I've had since my college days, and it's great! I need to get the other one and try it out.

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  6. I don't have either of these. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  7. I love the sound of Elements of Style...

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  8. I have English Grammar for Dummies, and it's pretty good, actually--enjoyable even. Shows examples of not what to do, which I find the most helpful (better than learning all the lingo).

    Those two you have would be a good addition, for sure.

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  9. A decade ago, I read Noah Lukeman's 'The First Five Pages.' I remember very little of it, though.

    More recently, I loved S. King's 'On Writing.'

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  10. I have Strunk & White. And I go to Grammar Girl's site as needed. I have a whole shelf full of writing craft books, and it depends on where I am in the project as to which ones I use most. My most recent purchase was The Emotion Thesaurus.

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  11. Those are great prizes! Grammar (even how to spell grammar) messes with me. I'm a comma phobic because I never can remember the rules for comma usage.

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  12. Awesome!!!
    I need to go back and look at the details for this hop to see if I can do it. Why does life never slow down? It's awful!!!
    I want these books anyway though! Great prizes!

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  13. I suck at contests and giveways! Too flaky. Oh well.

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  14. Aww, I wish I had time for this blog hop. :( It sounds like a lot of fun!

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  15. Good giveaway for writers, Emily.

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  16. I've never ever heard of these books. They sound awesome...

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  17. Not so much a craft book but a prompt book, but the Writer's Block by Jason Rekulak is pretty cool if you want some inspiration.

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  18. I've got ELEMENTS OF STYLE, too. A classic!

    A few of my favorite writing/craft books are Stephen King's ON WRITING and all the Donald Maass books. :)

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  19. Elements of Style is a must, and I use Grammar Girl's website all the time when I have a quick grammar question. I didn't realize she had a book, too.

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  20. Tara, me too!

    Ilima, they're both great!

    Carrie, I like it when they show examples, too.

    Suze, I'll be talking about S. King's book next week.

    Carol, I want The Emotion Thesaurus!

    Lara, commas trip me up too.

    Michelle, they are. :)

    Madeline, I'll be talking about Stephen King's book next week. One of my favs!

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  21. Rivet your reader with Deep Point of View By Jill Elizabeth Nelson has been my most recent favourite.

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  22. I have several books on writing, but the Elements of writing was quick and easy. No matter how long one has written, bad habits develop.

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  23. These both sound great. I could really use the Grammar Girl one. :0)

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  24. Elements is a classic. Save the Cat is another good one, as is Stephen King's On Writing.

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  25. I've got like 5 copies of Strunk! The other one looks great too!

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  26. You can never have enough grammar books. Best of luck with this blogfest.

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  28. Elements of Style is classic. I love their discussion about the word "inflammable." And, from the Simpsons --Flammable means inflammable? What a crazy country...
    Okay, if you haven't seen that one, this is probably a very random comment :)

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  29. Elements of Style is a must have. Love that book. I am not familiar with the Grammar Girls Quick and Dirty Tips, though. I need to do something about this. ; )

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  30. I gots me some Elements of Style. Kantcha tell???

    Writer on Fire

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  31. I lost my Elements of Style years ago and miss it so much. I'm always checking Grammar Girl online when I have grammar questions. She's wonderful. These are great tools.

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  32. I've used the Grammar Girl site, but I haven't come across Elements of Style. Looking at this post and its comments, it seems like a must-read.

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  33. Susan, very true.

    Sheena-kay, thanks!

    Kim, ha! I remember that episode. Funny!

    Cynthia, check out Grammar Girl's website to see if you like her style. :)

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  34. Those are great prizes! I have Strunk and White and I lurve it. It was the first book on any kind of writing that I ever read, when I first started writing.

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  35. Elements of Style has been with me for a while.

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  36. I'll have to look into Fogarty if she makes grammar fun. As a teacher, I could only make it endurable! :-)

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  37. I've got the first one. I'd love to read the second - these kinds of books are fun!

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  38. I've consulted Strunk & White many times, but haven't seen the Grammar Girl book before. For writing craft, my go to books are probably the Donald Maass books. He always gets me thinking deeper about my stories and what I'm trying to accomplish with a scene. Good stuff. :)

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  39. I don't have either of them, but they look good. I've read a few - one I really like is How To Write A Damn Good Novel by James N Frey

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  40. Congrats on winning the Game On launch. How exciting!
    I *love* writing craft books. I've not heard of or read either of these. The Elements of Style sounds most interesting.

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