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Posted December 8, 2010
I wish I knew about this book prior to writing my award-winning children's
book. I went through many different resources and a total of six different
editors to ensure that all the proper tweaking was in place. I noted things
in this grammar book that I haven't found in any other book, especially the
sections on comma usage and word gremlins.
The final section of the book delves into the difference between traditional
writing and digital writing. Although it's a short section, it does a great
job of summarizing some of the issues facing writers today:
[Excerpt from Traditional Writing vs. Digital Writing]
There are two different platforms across which writing takes
place?-?traditional, paper-based and electronic, digital-based. Three
questions may arise when writing for these two different media: Should
writing across different platforms be different, and if so, how is it
different and what dynamics cause this difference? The debate over whether
there should be a difference in terms of writing standards is essentially a
values debate to which there is no correct answer. However, from a practical
standpoint, there is little doubt that written communication across these
media differs and will remain different.
The dynamics that cause a difference between traditional and digital writing
center on the distinction between static and non-static written
communication. Electronic communication arguably exists to take the place of
spoken communication, and to that extent, it is non-static, tending to be
more conversational and less structured.
Traditional or paper-based writing is most often associated with formal
writing, while electronic or digital-based writing is commonly the domain of
informal writing. As mentioned, traditional writing overlaps in large degree
with formal writing. Formal writing, loosely defined, is writing consisting
of multiple paragraphs that is meant to be distributed and read by one or
more persons. Examples of formal written documents include long e-mails,
letters, newsletters, news articles, brochures, essays, reports, manuals,
Digital writing dovetails with informal writing. Examples of digital writing
include short personal and business e-mails, text messaging, blogging, and
messaging on social network sites such as MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter.
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Posted December 11, 2010
This 200-page book provides a very well-rounded review of grammar. The
logical organization and the clear explanations make it suitable for
anyone wanting to improve his or her knowledge of grammar. The examples are reader-friendly and the approach is reader-engaging. I highly recommend this work.