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Countless writing resources on the web. Here are a few.
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The page I use the most is Paul Brian's Common Errors in English Usage, which has those confusing word pairs and common idioms. Extremely useful.

The venerable Refdesk has a grammar and style page and an even bigger one here. An amazing page of dictionaries and language resources, with many specialized glossaries, including the all-important slang.

I use Merriam Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus as my standard.

Students should look at Jack Lynch's Guide to Grammar and Style, very good, clear explanations of the basics by a longtime teacher. Writers of all types could find useful tips in his Getting an A on an English Paper.

The Students's Guide to Grammar and Punctuation has many useful links.

Writing Communities has a nice community of readers and writings, contests, tips, much more. has many resources, especially lists of writing groups, workshops and conferences. A massive list of general writing resources here, including specialized ones for various genres, children, screenwriting, etc.

Style Guides

William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White's classic The Elements of Style, the place to start. Here's the original 1918 work by Strunk. And a handy condensed version by an English professor.

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Perdue has extensive resources on the most common styles: APA, Chicago, and MLA.

Official Chicago Manual of Style site. By subscription, but some free resources too. The basics, especially notes and references, are at OWL.

Oxford English Dictionary. Subscription required but if you have a library card you should be able to get access through your local library.

Kate Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Paper, Theses, and Dissertations is the classic explanation of how to do research and write it up. If you are stuck on a thesis or dissertation, get this: it'll tell you what to do and how to do it.

The University of Wisconsin's Writing Handbook site has many resources, documentations for many styles, including the science and engineering ones, which are different:

     American Psychological Association (APA)
     Modern Language Association (MLA)
     American Political Science Association (APSA)
     Council of Science Editors
     Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
     Numbered References
     Quoting and Paraphrasing Sources

Wikipedia pages on English verbs and the uses of English verb forms, with links to other grammar pages. These are the hardest part of writing, at least from an editing standpoint. Keeping them straight and making them consistent throughout a full-length work.

Bartleby's Classics

The venerable Bartleby's has a rather extraordinary selection of classic scholarly works available online, for free. Incredible resources of all kinds, including the following:

H.W. Fowler's 1911 The King's English.

C. O. Sylvester Mawson's modernization of Peter Roget's Thesaurus, with 85,000 hyperlinked cross-references, "each word being related to its neighbors and each part to the whole."

Sir James George Frazer's The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion.

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations: A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature.


Refdesk has maps and more maps.

The Library of Congress has the world's largest library of maps online.

Self Publishing

Kindle site at Amazon, where you publish and distribute your ebooks. Uses your regular Amazon account.

CreateSpace site at Amazon, where you publish and distribute your print-on-demand books. Different username and password from your regular Amazon account.

Bowker ISBNs. Purchase in packages of 10 for $250, you need one for each format, ebook or print. They also have barcodes and self-publishing tools.

Library of Congress and U.S. Copyright office.
Electronic copyright registration (eCO). PDF of eCO tutorial.

The Writers Market offers updated listings of all agents and publishers and tons of other useful tips and resources. Available as a printed book or by online subscription. Writers can search for agents or publishers that specialize in books of your particular type and go from there.

Friends and Neighbors

Kelly Morgan at Creative Life is an awesome creative and writing coach, if you're in the Los Angeles area.

Bob Dylan

His official web site,, has a page with all of the lyrics.

Expecting Rain, the latest news.

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