Writers Reference Library

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Writers Reference Library

Postby RalphWalker » Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:57 am

Hi All
I have been slowly expanding my reference library both with examples of great writing and with good references for the various parts of the craft of writing. This holiday I was given a copy of 'Several short sentences about writing' by Verylyn Kinkenborg and I thought now was as good a time as any to see what else might be out there. Below is my short list of go to writing references. If you have others to recommend or add to the list please comment.


    The Elements of Style - Strunk and White
    Webster's Dictionary
    Roget's New Thesaurus
    A Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms - Devlin

    Creative Nonfiction - Gerard
    On Writing, A memoir of the craft - King
    Several short sentences about writing - Klinkenborg

    Beautiful Evidence - Tufte (all of Tufte's books are great references for anyone including graphics with their work)
    Draw with your eyes closed: The art of the art assignment (great exercises for both writers and artists)

    Protecting your #1 Asset - Lechter

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Re: Writers Reference Library

Postby Oldtimer » Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:27 am

You could add some online references, like William Shunn's Proper Manuscript Format.

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Re: Writers Reference Library

Postby mammamaia » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:54 am

i could have sworn i added the useful online resources i keep handy in my favorites menu, but my post has disappeared!
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Re: Writers Reference Library

Postby James A. Ritchie » Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:08 pm

mammamaia wrote:i could have sworn i added the useful online resources i keep handy in my favorites menu, but my post has disappeared!

So did mine. This has happened three or four times in the past week.

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Re: Writers Reference Library

Postby stscam » Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:24 am

I know that Roget's is considered the standard, but have you tried Chambers Thesaurus? It's British, but I think it's better organized.

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