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Reference: Writing

“The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.” ~ Mary Heaton Vorse

Technique & Style

Grammar & Usage
Elements of Style Info
Browse the text of this classic work on English language usage.

Guide to Grammar and Style Info
Browse this indexed list of diverse style guidelines, including such historic references as “Latinate versus Germanic Diction”.

Guide to Grammar & Writing Info
This handy guide to grammar includes sections on all sentence parts, punctuation, and paragraph-level issues. Also included are articles on many essay-level issues and types of academic writing.

Citation
UTEL Bibliography Builder Tool
Fill in the forms provided to format bibliography entries for books, elections from collections, or periodicals.

EasyBib Automatic Bibliography and Citation Maker Tool
By simply filling out a form, generate citations for dozens of kinds of sources, including books, magazines, databases, and websites.

Writing Help

Writer’s Block
Writer’s Block/Writer’s Anxiety Article
This page was written for students, but it contains suggestions useful for anyone experiencing writer’s block.

Overcoming Writer’s Block (UIUC) Article
This brief article is full of immediately useful tips on dealing with writer’s block.

Business Writing
Memo Writing Article
This guide helps you write effective office memos.

Revision in Business Writing Article
Use these suggestions to polish your business letters and reports.

See Also ALSO SEE:
Our Small Business Resources: Sample Documents section includes several sources of sample business letters and memos.

Tips for Writers
Victory Page for Fiction Writers Article
Original articles by Victory Crayne on writing fiction and non-fiction. Victory Crayne is an independent fiction editor; writing coach/mentor.

See Also ALSO SEE:
Our Reference Resources: Intellectual Property section includes useful links to the U.S. Copyright Office site.

Writing for a Living

Sites for Professional Writers
Writer's Digest Info
Browse for freelance market information, including tips, writing prompts, and an active writer's forum.

Associations
Writers Guild of America Info
The WGA site includes articles, tools, news, and links for screenwriters.

Self-Publishing
How to Self-Publish a Book Article
Is self-publishing right for you? First check this advice on many aspects of self-publishing, print-on-demand, and e-publishing.

Freelancing Info
Marcia Yudkin's Freelance Writing FAQ Article
Answer the most frequently asked questions about freelancing.

How to Write a Query Letter Article
An introduction to writing query letters, with links to other sources for more information.

Freelance Hourly Rate Calculator Tool
Figure out your billable hours and calculate what your minimum hourly rate would be to reach a target yearly income.

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