Good Grammar Round-Up

good grammar round up

A round-up of good grammar articles.

Creative writing is the heart and soul of Writing Forward, but working at the craft and consistently producing better writing is what really makes this blog tick.

Today, we sing the praises of good grammar with a round-up of articles and resources to help you master the mechanics of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

If you’ve ever wrestled with the rules of language or struggled to differentiate between good grammar and bad grammar, then you’ll find many nuggets of wisdom in this article.

Now, let’s take a little tour through some of the grammar-related posts that have been featured here at Writing Forward over the years.

Punctuation Love

The earliest grammar post dates back to September, 2007, just a few weeks after this site was launched, and it talks about using apostrophe -s.

I admit to having a penchant for punctuation. In fact, I’m smitten for the serial comma and I know the difference between dashes and hyphens. I can even show you how to use a semicolon.

Do you have a favorite punctuation mark?

Homophones and Word Pairs

Like many lovers of language, I get a big kick out of studying words. That’s why there are entire sections on this site devoted to homophones and word pairs.

I’m particularly fond of which witch (which you have to admit has a nice ring to it) and affect vs. effect, two words that often confuse and are confused.

Homophones, homonyms, and homographs are lots of fun but so are other types of word pairs and word groups. It’s also nice when you set something down and you don’t have to ask, “Did I lay or lie it there?”

Which homophones and word pairs tie your brain in knots?

A Few Good Grammar Resources

If you need more grammar tips on a regular basis, I recommend the following resources:

Daily Writing Tips is updated almost every single day and brings you tons of nitty gritty information about grammar, language, punctuation, etymology, and more. Subscribe, because they are an indispensable resource for writers.

A Way with Words is a one-hour radio program that is syndicated over the airwaves, but is also available as a podcast. The website has a synopsis of each episode and you can listen directly from the site using the audio feature, or you can hop into iTunes and subscribe there. This is a super engaging show, and you can even call in with questions about words, language, and grammar.

I’ve also prepared a list of ten good grammar resources, which are great starting points if you are on a quest to master grammar.

Good Grammar is Great!

Every writer needs to work on developing good grammar habits. That means making a commitment to consistently grow as writer by developing writerly skills and mastering written language.

Do you have any good grammar resources that you’d like to share or do you have any ideas for grammar topics that you’d like to see covered in future posts here at Writing Forward? Share your thoughts, knowledge, and suggestions in the comments.

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About Melissa Donovan
Melissa Donovan is a website designer and copywriter. She writes fiction and poetry and is the founder and editor of Writing Forward, a blog packed with creative writing tips and ideas.


11 Responses to “Good Grammar Round-Up”

  1. WereBear says:

    Great tips. Just the other day I was using “which” and “that,” and was glad I read your post about it.

    Remember, if you screw up the grammar… it better be on purpose!

    WereBears last blog post..Meet the Persian

  2. Marelisa says:

    Hi Melissa: The best writers are the ones that truly understand the rules of grammar. And once you know the rules really well, you know when they can be broken. I remember memorizing “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll in the 5th grade. I don’t think there was a single word in there that wasn’t made up :-)

  3. Kelvin Kao says:

    Haha, cool. I am going to go back and read those posts from before I started visiting this blog. Would you write about “number of” vs. “amount of” and “fewer” vs. “less” sometime?

    Kelvin Kaos last blog post..Visually Stunning Taiwanese Puppet Video

  4. Deb says:

    I have flagged this to read later when my distraction factor is slightly lower. I miss hanging out here but my plate keeps getting filled while I keep trying to hide it.

    Debs last blog post..Cultivating Life

  5. Matthew Dryden says:

    Good grammar is cornerstone of writing.

    Yeah, I went there.

    • You went there? I hope you make it back! Grammar is definitely important to writing, though I think for creative writing, voice is probably even more important.


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