6 Resources that Will Improve Your Writing

- 3 Books (1 for basics , 1 for reference , and 1 for sticky writing ).

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- 2 Websites (1 for web writing and 1 for content marketing ).

- 1 App (a dictionary ).

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1. The Basics of Writing: Elements of Style

At 87 pages, this enduring classic is beautifully concise and is laden with concrete examples.

Elements of Style is the best guide for learning the fundamentals of writing.

The only problem with Elements of Style is that it's too short to stand alone as an all-encompassing tutorial or reference guide. For that you'll need:

2. The Best Reference Guide: Garner's Modern American Usage

At 875 pages, this is the authority on grammar, usage, and style.

If Garner says it, then it is so.

Don't let the mammoth length ofModern American Usage deter you: you read it 1 essay at a time, or you look up 1 word at a time.

It's like a friend you call on in times of need . You grab it quickly to look-up something. But then you find yourself becoming engrossed in the book's insight and charm and you end up reading beyond what you'd intended to look-up.

You might expect a reference guide to be boring and stuffy, but Garner's wry sense of humor jumps off the page.

3. The Fastest Dictionary: Google Dictionary

For web reading, download Google Dictionary for the Chrome browser. It allows you to double-click on a word, and then a text box gives you the definition.

Google Dictionary is the fastest way to look-up a word .

If you prefer Firefox, get Dictionary Search. Then just right-click on a word to look-it-up.1

The best written and most comprehensive dictionary is theShorter Oxford English Dictionary. I own it but I don't recommend it because it's a pain to use.2

4.Writing Usable Content for the Web: Jakob Nielsen

Do you write content for web pages? If you do, you need to know how users read on the web and how you should write for the web.

Nielsen's writing for the web articles show you how to format your web writing so that people can find and use your information.

My10 Simple Tips to Get More People to Read Your Writing is grounded in Nielsen's research.3

5. Writing Sticky Content that is Memorable and Persuasive: Made to Stick

Made to Stick shows you how to craft your messages so that people will remember and act on what you say.

Made to Stick is filled with examples to make your ideas:

  • Concrete (So people understand ).
  • Credible (So people believe ).
  • Emotional (So people care ).
  • In a story format (So people act ).

6. Writing Compelling Content that is your Advertising: Copyblogger

Copyblogger starts with the idea that people want to read great content. It then shows you how to write compelling content so that your content *is* your advertising.

You can use content marketing to promote yourself, your business, or your ideas.

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