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Resources for writers

There are a lot of great resources out there to help you write better, including books, online courses, web articles, podcasts, and others. I share some of the ones that I’ve found useful.

RESOURCES: Plain language

Using plain language means writing in a way that your intended audiences can immediately find, understand, and use your messages and information. It's not about "dumbing down" your message but ...
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Cover of book: The non-designer's design book by Robin Williams

BOOK: The Non-Designer’s Design Book by Robin Williams: Basic design principles

Even if you're not a designer, you can make your documents more attractive. In her brilliant book, Robin Williams explains the four basic design principles we need to use ...
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COURSE: “Writing in the Sciences” online course

If you're looking for a great (and free) course on academic writing, especially in the sciences, Stanford University's "Writing in the Sciences" on Coursera is an excellent choice! ...
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RESOURCE: How to use an editor to help avoid journal rejection

Here's a useful infographic by Editage Insights which summarizes their article on "Most common reasons for journal rejection." How can an editor help you avoid these problem issues? ...
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Dreyer's English - an entertaining list of things to help you write better

BOOK: Dreyer’s English: A delightful batch of tips to help you write better

Have you read Dreyer's English yet? What is it about, is it any good? Here are things that I thought it was great for ...
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RESOURCE: TIPS for writing better journal articles: Focus

Wiley's infographic on 5 tips for writing better science papers is based on the work of Richard Threlfall (read full guide on ChemistryViews). There's a handy infographic on Wiley that ...
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TOOL: Grammarly love

Want to write better? No matter if you're an editing professional or not, Grammarly can help you check your writing! ...
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BOOK: Great punctuation guide, part 2 of 2

I've never read punctuation books before for pleasure, but The best punctuation book, period. by June Casagrande is an impressively concise and useful book for anyone who has to write/edit ...
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BOOK: Great punctuation guide, part 1 of 2

So not only am I enjoying reading Grammar Girl, but, much to my surprise, here I am curled up on the couch with two books on punctuation. Here's my review ...
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