Writing Resources

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OVEREDITING (MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE)

Don’t be the Grammar Crank—Chicago Tribune

50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice—The Chronicle of Higher Education

What We’ve Known All Along: Less Agreeable People Care More about Grammar—Electric Literature

The false precision of fetish editing—Baltimore Sun

The Editor’s Toughest Challenge—
CMOS Shop Talk

Why all English speakers worry about slipping up—BBC

Writing style: Use good words, not bad ones—The Economist

Who’s a “Lazy” Copyeditor?—CMOS Shop Talk

On Using and Avoiding Adverbs—Copyediting.com

SPACE(S) AFTER PERIOD

Two spaces after a period: Why you should never, ever do it—Slate Magazine

TRICKY SITUATIONS

Conditional constructions: I would have liked [to have seen/to see] John … —English Language Learners Stack Exchange

Conditional constructions: To have and have not—The Grammarphobia Blog

Parallel structure—CMOS Shop Talk

THEY (SIGH)

Sorry, grammar nerds. The singular ‘they’ has been declared Word of the Year.—The Washington Post

Chicago Style for the Singular They—CMOS Shop Talk

DICTIONARIES AND STYLE GUIDES

Chicago Manual of Style (subscription required for most parts of site)

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

A Guide to Eighteenth-Century English Vocabulary by Jack Lynch

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (Gutenberg Press)
(Also see abridged version at Resources for Regency Readers and Writers above)

Passing English of the Victorian Era (Victorian slang)
Probably better for browsing than for searching)

Online Etymology Dictionary

The Meanings and Origins of Phrases, Sayings and Proverbs

HISTORICAL DETAILS

Mail and Travel (Use of Envelopes)

Too many dukes?

Licenses, Laws and the Legalities of Getting Married

English Currency

DECIDING ON EDITING/AN EDITOR

Should You Hire a Professional Editor?—Jane Friedman

How To Find The Right Editor For Your Book And More Editing Questions Answered—The Creative Penn

Editorial Rates—Editorial Freelancers Association

How Much Does it Cost to Self-Publish a Book?—Reedsy

OTHER GOOD COLLECTIONS OF ADVICE

Romance University

Resources for Regency Readers and Writers—Joanna Waugh

Historical Novel Society Guides