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  • Reference Books
    by davetee at 18:48 on 28 September 2015
    Can anyone recomend any good reference books such as; punctuation, dictionary, thesaurus and anything else that would aid me in starting to write. I haven't wriiten anything since I was in infant school so I need all the help I can get.

    I'm currently doing a couple of creative writing courses on Udemy.

  • Re: Reference Books
    by Catkin at 01:13 on 29 September 2015
    Eats, Shoots and Leave by Lynne Truss is very good (about punctuation).
  • Re: Reference Books
    by Anna Reynolds at 13:28 on 30 September 2015
    Hi and welcome to WW.
    For general grammar, punctuation etc I would recommend:
    Oxford A-Z of Grammar and Punctuation by John Seely, and the Students Guide to Writing: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammr from Palgrave- this is aimed primarily at students obv but generally really helpful, and The Elements of Style from Strunk and White.
    For general creative writing inspiration, book-wise, I would totally recommend The Creative Writing Coursebook by Julia Bell and Paul Magrs- lots of brilliant exercises which I have used over the years when teaching and writing.
  • Re: Reference Books
    by Catkin at 22:48 on 01 October 2015
    Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg is a really good one about inspiration for creative writing.