I wasn’t kidding. It’s always good to re-read and refresh your knowledge to deepen and enrich your craft.
Yesterday’s blog post inspired me (yes! I can inspire myself!) to pick up Strunk & White’s ‘Elements of Style’. I’m not just using it as a guide – I’m reading it like it’s a pool side page turner. Well, kind of. I do have a day job where I need to be focused, but have been grabbing and reading the book in between tasks.
I recommend finding this beautiful illustrated version of this classic resource guide. Illustrations are by Maira Kalman, and they make this grammar bible a little artistic journey ever more enjoyable to read and marvel in between discussions of parenthetic expressions and dangling participles.
And yes, there is a Basset Hound on the cover, and if you know me…I loves me a hound. There’s one sleeping on my sofa back home while I’m in the office.
As a writer, I’m a little dopey about grammar. I can practice it, but I cannot explain it. I can write it, but am dolefully indifferent to passive voice, pronouns, quotations and coma usage. I manage, but I can always be better.
So off I go, getting my ‘Strunk and White’ on…