I most desperately desire to make my fiction and nonfiction writing the very best it can possibly be, and I would always work very hard to eliminate unnecessary words and make very sure I didn’t overuse any words, or at least not very many. I also will follow all the rules of grammar and won’t have any run on sentences, and especially I will try to never use too many of those pesky old adverbs and adjectives that many people frequently talked about.
That paragraph is true, but it’s also an example of poor writing. It’s filled with grammar errors, run on sentences, tense changes, repetitive words, and adjectives and adverbs that don’t add to the meaning of the words they modify.
No matter how great an idea may be, if the writing is full of errors and unnecessary words, readers will struggle with it—or quit reading. (Of course, our writing can also be grammatically correct but not be well written.) Good grammar provides a strong foundation for any type of writing.
Personally, I never enjoyed learning the rules of grammar. I dislike writing about them, too. They are important, however, so here are two sites to help you:
Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab is one of the best sources for writing help. It covers grammar, style, mechanics, and much more.
The Guide to Grammar and Writing covers a wide range of topics, such as the writing process, structure, grammar, transitions, and punctuation.
Where do you look when you need help with the technical aspects of writing? Are there other sites or books that you recommend? What are some of the grammar issues that give you the most trouble?