Is Writing Style, Grammar, and Punctuation Important?

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This week’s question asks:

In honor of National Grammar Day … it IS “March Fourth” after all … do you have any grammar books? Punctuation? Writing guidelines? Style books?

More importantly, have you read them?

How do you feel about grammar in general? Important? Vital? Unnecessary? Fussy?

Because I used to be a copyeditor and proofreader, so I had many writing style and grammar books. There are three guides that I still have -- The Elements of Style by Strunk and White (both the regular and illustrated edition) and The Chicago Manual of Style.

When I write formal proposals and business correspondence, I am fussy about writng, style, and punctuation. Personal writing (like this) -- not so much!

My favorite punctuation is the em dash! I find it hard to use sometimes when typing on the computer -- easier to use two hypens.

I love receiving ARCs to see how much red pen I can use! Interesting enough, some publishers are better at editing that others. Some ARCs turned out very "bloody!"

What do you say about writing style, grammar, and punctuation? With all the texting going on, does it matter anymore?

(Remember -- this is personal writing. No lectures, please!)


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