WRITING GUIDE

This Guide to Grammar and Writing was compiled by the late Dr. Charles Darling.

Guide to Grammar and Writing
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

The Guide is sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation in Hartford, Connecticut.

I am personally grateful to all that I have learned from this guide and hope that my students will profit richly from its contents.



THE WRITING PROCESS

Overcoming writer's block
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/brainstorm_block.htm

Getting started: freewriting
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/brainstorm_freewrite.htm

Getting started: clustering (same as mind-mapping)
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/brainstorm_clustering.htm

Getting started: outlining
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/brainstorm_outline.htm



The editing and rewriting process
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/editing.htm

Paragraph development and topic sentences
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/paragraphs.htm

Coherence: Transitions between ideas
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/transitions.htm



Writing Concise Sentences
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/concise.htm

Interactive Quiz: Writing Concise Sentences
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/wordy_quiz.htm

Interactive Quiz: Eliminating Wordiness
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/nova/nova8.htm

Interactive Quiz: Rewriting Bloated Sentences
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/nova/nova11.htm

Plague Words and Phrases
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/plague.htm



Sentence Combining

1. Sentence-combining skills
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/combining_skills.htm

Interactive Quiz on Combining Sentences
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/combining_quiz2.htm

Another Interactive Quiz on Combining Sentences
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/combining_quiz1.htm

2. Avoiding Primer Language
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/primer.htm

Interactive Quiz: Avoiding Primer Style
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/primer_quiz.htm

3. Sentence Variety and Modifier Placement [modifier placement at bottom of screen]
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/sentences.htm

Interactive Quiz: Varying Sentence Beginnings
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/nova/nova9.htm

Interactive Quiz: Sentence Variety and Modifier Placement
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/nova/nova10.htm



Parallel Form
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/parallelism.htm

Biblical examples of parallelism
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/bible.htm

Interactive Quiz: Parallel Structure
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/cgi-shl/quiz.pl/parallelism_quiz.htm

Another Interactive Quiz on Parallel Structure
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/parallelism2_quiz.htm

A Further Interactive Quiz on Parallel Structure
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/niu/niu10.htm



Harvard Guide to Integrating Sources

Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting
http://usingsources.fas.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k70847&pageid=icb.page350378

The Nuts and Bolts of Integrating Sources
http://usingsources.fas.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k70847&pageid=icb.page350379



Principles of Organization
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/organization.htm



Introductory Paragraphs
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/intros.htm

Concluding Paragraphs
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/endings.htm



Rules for Comma Usage
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/commas.htm



Using Numbers
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/numbers.htm



Quotation Marks
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/marks/quotation.htm



Miscellaneous issues

Uses of shall and will and should
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/auxiliary.htm#shall

Conjunctions
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/conjunctions.htm

Building a better vocabulary
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/vocabulary.htm

Who versus whom
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/pronouns.htm#who



Blend into my overall outline:

The #1 Secret of Great Writers [this is good]
http://writetodone.com/2012/07/23/the-1-secret-of-great-writers/

"Eight Simple Tips for Editing Your Own Work"
http://writetodone.com/2012/02/09/eight-simple-tips-for-editing-your-own-work/

Writing Rules! Advice From The New York Times on Writing Well
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/writing-rules-advice-from-the-new-york-times-on-writing-well/

Ten Misspelled Words That Affect Personal Brand
http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2013/07/29/ten-misspelled-words-that-affect-personal-brand/

"The Lesson behind “Sh++ty First Drafts" (The Writers Coin)
http://www.thewriterscoin.com/the-lesson-behind-shitty-first-drafts/

The Right Way to Expand a Too-Short Piece of Writing (Aliventures)
http://www.aliventures.com/too-short-writing

Understanding the "Show, Don't Tell" Rule
http://www.aliventures.com/why-show-dont-tell/

10 Steps for editing your own writing
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/10-steps-for-editing-your-own-writing/

Proofreading from hard copy
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/proofreading-from-hard-copy/

How do you teach someone to write well?
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/how-do-you-teach-someone-to-write-well/

Polishing Your Prose
http://chronicle.com/article/Polishing-Your-Prose-Word-by/137327/

How to edit a sentence
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/how-to-edit-a-sentence/

Five Weak Words that Make Your Writing Less Effective
http://goinswriter.com/weak-words/

100 Quick and Easy Ways to Write Better
http://www.writingforward.com/better-writing/ways-to-write-better

The Foolproof Cure for Weak Content: 4 Ways to Get Some Perspective
http://www.copyblogger.com/writing-perspective/

7 Tips for an Authentic and Productive Writing Process
http://www.copyblogger.com/authentic-writer/

Editing for Tighter Copy: How to Write with a Knife
http://www.copyblogger.com/write-with-a-knife/

15 Ways to Write Tight
http://writetodone.com/2012/04/19/15-ways-to-write-tight/

7 steps to creativity – how to have ideas
http://writetodone.com/2010/05/05/7-steps-to-creativity-how-to-have-ideas/

Thesis Statements (UNC Writing Center)
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/thesis-statements/

Transitions (UNC Writing Center)
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/transitions/

Writing Concisely (UNC Writing Center)
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/writing-concisely/

Writing for History (UNC Writing Center)
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/history/

Writing for Political Science (UNC Writing Center)
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/political-science/

Editing and Proofreading (UNC Writing Center)
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/editing-and-proofreading/

Reading Aloud (UNC Writing Center)
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/reading-aloud/

Paragraphs (UNC Writing Center)
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/quotations/

Revising Drafts (UNC Writing Center)
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/revising-drafts/

Reorganizing Drafts (UNC Writing Center)
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/reorganizing-drafts/

Quotations (UNC Writing Center)
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/quotations/

Writing Clear, Concise Sentences (Writing Center--University of Wisconsin, Madison)
http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/Clear,_Concise,_and_Direct_Sentences.pdf



MY GO-TO RESOURCES

After Deadline (New York Times newsroom notes on usage and style)
http://afterdeadline.blogs.nytimes.com/

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/

University of North Carolina Writing Center
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/

Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students
Patrick Rael, Bowdoin College
http://www.bowdoin.edu/writing-guides/