Word choice matters. How you build your sentences with punctuation is about more than just decorating with ink squiggle confetti. We owe it to ourselves and to everyone who sees our written words to get it right. All right?
Alright? Not All Right: 100 Writing Tips for the Curious or Confused is a playful English grammar book for those who hate English grammar books. It is designed for students, professionals, and creative writers alike who want a quick and easy reference for improving their communication skills.
Writing tips included in this English language reference include:
• Accept vs. Except
• Affect vs. Effect
• Disinterested vs. Uninterested
• Flesh out vs. Flush out
• Further vs. Farther
• Insure vs. Ensure
• Mute vs. Moot
• & 93 more.
When apostrophes cause confusion and semicolons continue to baffle, every writer needs a reliable resource. Whether you’re working on essays or job applications, corporate communications or the next great American novel, Alright? Not All Right: 100 Writing Tips is the answer to your writing questions.
Targeted Age Group:: Adults
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Remember how fun it was to diagram sentences in middle school? No? Me either. So often writing skills are taught so dryly, using vocabulary that’s both intimidating and inaccessible. The English language doesn’t always follow logic, and it can be overwhelming. That dilemma is exactly where this book came from.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Just like thinking before we speak, if we think before we write, the world can be a better place. Don’t you think?
Jobs are lost for typos on resumes. Friends lose respect for each other over social media posts. Feuds between neighbors begin over the placement of apostrophes on backyard grill invitations. Semicolons cry themselves to sleep at night because no one understands them. The ever-popular ellipsis has an ego the size of an asterisk. (Too far?)
Maybe it’s the fluid nature of the language; maybe we’ve never been taught; maybe we’ve just never cared. Whatever the source of our grammatical predicament, it’s time to roll up our sleeves, folks.
We’re not all poets or novelists, but we are all writers. We email; we text; we post on social media; we craft memos and reports, menus and outdoor signage, birthday cards and sticky notes on the fridge. Everyone needs reminders about proper English writing rules, and the answer to this dilemma isn’t as tedious as you might think. I’m not suggesting sentence diagramming parties or subject-verb agreement dating games. I get that the vocabulary of grammarians can be as intimidating as computer code: misplaced modifiers, subordinating conjunctions, appositives, comma splices, dependent clauses… (Hang on, dear readers! I didn’t mean to lose you in a single line!)
Personally, I like to keep things simple. Grammarian jargon isn’t necessary for comprehending correct language use. Sure, the English language is not always logical. There are words that are so gosh darn similar, it’s just hard to remember which one is which—or a witch (cackle, cackle). There are hard rules and then a heck of a lot of exceptions. I get it. I truly do. That’s why I’ve written this book.
No matter where you go and what you do in your life, putting down words skillfully and correctly will take you further (note, not “farther” unless cars start running on language, which would be pretty cool, actually. Who can I get on that?).
Putting a disclaimer on emails from your smartphone is not enough. We owe it to ourselves and to everyone who sees our written words to get it right.
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