Just as we should think before we speak, we need to think before we write.
Most of us are not poets or novelists, but we are all writers. We email, text, and post; we craft memos and reports, menus and outdoor signage, birthday cards and sticky notes on the fridge.
Get a Grip on Your Grammar is a grammar book for those who hate grammar books, a writing resource filled with quick answers and a playful style--not endless, indecipherable grammar jargon.
Get a Grip on Your Grammar is The Elements of Style for the Twitter generation. Designed for student, business, and creative-writing audiences alike, its easily digestible, occasionally witty writing tips will finally teach you:
- The differences between "lay" and "lie."
- The proper usage of "affect" and "effect."
- Where to put punctuation around quotation marks.
- The meaning of "e.g." versus "i.e."
- The perils of overusing the word "suddenly."
- That apostrophes should not be thrown about like confetti.
- And 243 more great tips.
Writers owe it to themselves and to everyone who sees their written words to get it right. With Get a Grip on Your Grammar, they finally can (not "may").
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About the Author
With a bachelor of arts from the College of William and Mary and a master of liberal arts from the University of Richmond, Kris Spisak began her career as a college writing instructor. After six years in the classroom, she shifted her work toward professional writing and editing, working with businesses on their communication goals and individuals pursuing their publishing dreams. As a teacher, editor, and speaker, Spisak has helped writers of every level sharpen their writing craft. She is the cofounder of Midlothian Web Solutions, on the board of directors of James River Writers, and an avid writer of fiction. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Table of Contents
Section I Word Usage 13
Section II Punctuation 125
Section III Idioms 143
Section IV Business Writing and Etiquette 155
Section V Creative Writing and Storytelling 187
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
With sections on word usage, punctuation, idioms, business writing and etiquette, and creative writing and storytelling, Kris Spisak's Get a Grip on Your Grammar: 250 Writing and Editing Reminders for the Curious or Confused nails it. Nails the most essential. Nails the frequently confused. Nails the odd and quirky. All this in about 200 pages, with clearly defined sections and boldfaced tips; a book that is bound in such a way it feels good in your hands. Falls nicely open as you read. Spisak's book is informative and entertaining with a tone that is pertinent and specific (it is a grammar book after all). The vibe in this grammar guide strikes a balance between friendly/casual and stern. Tough love for the sake of clarity, preservation of language, and the ultimate goal: helping the writer get his or her or their point across. On my bookshelf, I filed this title next to Mignon Fogarty's Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing. Authority mixed with warmth and wit. A delight to read, I refer to it often and must confess: not only did I add more dog ears than you'd find in a dog park, but I've also littered Spisak's grammar book with Post-its, paperclips, and lots and lots of yellow highlights. (And pink. I've been known to highlight in pink, too.) Five stars. Highly recommended.
This will be my go to desk reference going forward. Very easy to use. Answers some of the more trickier grammar questions in a fun, informative way. I've only had it for a week and have grabbed for it a dozen times all ready ... already! Thanks Kris!
I am always open to learning and boy did I ever find interesting and helpful information in this book. It has been a long time since college and I have slipped into a few bad habits. Fortunately, Ms. Spisak is getting me back on track. Keeping this one on my desk.