Maeve Maddox, past editor of the popular language site Daily Writing Tips, has published a revised edition of 100 Writing Mistakes to Avoid. Originally available only in digital form, this barebones style guide for writers in a hurry is now available in both digital and print form.
100 Writing Mistakes to Avoid is a guide to common errors of grammar, usage and spelling that can distract readers from the message a writer wishes to convey. According to the author, it’s a style book for writers in a hurry. As she points out in her introduction, this little book can’t replace a dictionary or a premium style guide like The Chicago Manual of Style (1,026 pages) or the Associated Press Stylebook (406 pages), but writers can save time by looking here first.
She points out that explanations are kept to a minimum. Most of the entries simply state that a usage is correct or incorrect in the context of standard English. Controversial usage is indicated, but there’s none of the ridicule or impassioned arguments that so often accompany the discussion of usage on the web.
“It’s not a book for purists,” says Maeve. “It’s for bloggers and other writers who want to avoid writing errors that can damage their credibility. It’s for small business owners who write their own advertising copy and don’t want to drive away potential customers who react strongly to mistakes like it’s for its or seperate for separate.”
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