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Handbooks for writing:

Handbook of Current English,

Authors: Jim W. Corder and Walter S. Avis.

Review: This book was scary with the marks and annotations I received back with my written assignments in Creative Writing 100.

But later in my academic career, especially after I got a functioning word processor with printer the book has been great for study. Now I can write. What more can I say...and my old style for fiction is still with me.

The Practical Stylist,

Author: Sheridan Baker

Review: Still haven't mastered this one. It is clearly a guide for writing essays and research papers. It is also useful for research and resumes in terms of guidelines for form. I found it wasn't useful until I had more maturity and more experience at writing. But this really got me started in my University writing career and I applied it in College later in life. I often blamed this book for my bad marks and bad writing but I could easily have praised it for the good marks and good writing.

Creative Nonfiction, Researching and Crafting Stories of Real Life,

Author: Philip Gerard

Review: While this book is not a step by step guide it does have little stories and descriptions of the workings of research, tales of presenting stories, and ideas through out, on how great writing is for sharing ideas. This gives one the main idea that writing is a game where one must win by certain rules and situations.

Rodgets II: The New Thesaurus,

Review: I only know that these things are good for professional writers, students and poets. I don't use one as a poet but I have a cheap copy of an old pared down version of this book(another edition) to explore the usefulness of these. These seem like fun and very enlightening. "Get one as soon as possible", is the academic clique.

Elements of the Scientific Paper,

Author: Michael J. Katz

Review: It's very difficult to get work writing scientific papers so this book may find no market. I needed it badly, as the sort of rules I had learned in courses and high school had faded from memory. It does help one to know that science writing has very basic sections to it. It was useful for me when looking at books and journals, but I haven't been able to use it fully yet.

Handbook of Technical Writing,

Authors: Charles I. Brusaw, Gerald J. Alred, and Walter E. Oliv.

Review: A basic reference to writing in many fields, aimed at business writers not business actors.

The Elements of Expression, Putting thoughts into Words.

Author: Arthur Plotnick.

Review: A cool book again praising writing but also it gave me things to say right away and even changed my speech. It is about more than writing, it is also about speech. It get sort of bogged down on vernacular and jargon, but he's trying to stay up to date and cover not just the here and now, but gives a little coverage to the actual changes of the last fifty years or so in America language.

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