Whether I’m not what you need or you find me annoying, you’re still poking about this page because you want some suggestions, yes?
Everyone has particular needs and tastes (and personalities, and communication styles, and time limitations, and…) that mean no one person will be “the bestest!” choice for everyone.
The following list of folks, I’ve either worked with personally or have seen samples and can in good conscience recommend them, even if I personally handle situations differently than they do.
I get no remuneration for any of the recommendations on this page.
Resources I Recommend:
- Jami Gold’s blog - good for writing tips and techniques
- Janice Hardy’s blog - good for writing tips and techniques
- Kris Rusch’s posts on writing - good for business examples
- The Passive Voice blog - good for publishing news and methods
- Seth Godin’s blog - good for business and copy/ad writing stuff
Resources I DON’T recommend:
Some fairly popular references have significant problems—namely. The problems tend to boil down to the books promoting specific writing styles as “best” that may or may not be genuinely best for your particular work, and the books creating examples that actually illustrate something other than what they are claimed to illustrate.
- The Elements of Style by Strunk & White was designed for nonfiction at a specific university, so it’s particularly inapplicable to fiction, and it’s only partially applicable to most nonfiction. It also violates the very ”rules“ it espouses, and its definitions are not infrequently outright wrong. (If you want more detail on that, here’s an article with some examples.)
- Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne & King. Even the very first example in that book “improves” a passage from The Great Gatsby in a manner that outright changes the moods and tones conveyed. I’m certain folks have found it useful and educational, but that displayed ignorance (or outright ignoring) of how the edits actually change the purpose and point of the text make me loath to recommend the book.