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Writing is one of the healthiest hobbies that anyone can have. Many can have a wonderful career with it.

An interesting analysis of the average word count by great authors is roughly 1,000 words per day, with some having more and others less.[1]

A listing of the number of words in famous novels is available (50,000 is roughly an average, though a few are 9-10 times as long),[2] as is the word count of famous short stories.[3]

Advanced writing/composition skills

Advanced writing/composition skills are writing skills that go beyond the freshman year of college.[4] Examples of advanced writing skills are: persuasive writing/copywriting; technical writing and writing for particular fields.

Videos on how to get better at writing

University of Chicago Writing Lab writing series:

Online grammar checkers

See also: Grammar

Books on writing, grammar and usage

See also: Books on writing, grammar and usage

Below are some books on writing, grammar and usage.

Books on how to be a better writer

  • The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White, Independently published (March 16, 2023)
  • On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser, Harper Perennial; Anniversary,Reprint edition (April 5, 2016
  • Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace by Joseph M. Williams and Gregory G. Colomb, Pearson; 10th edition (January 14, 2010)
  • The New Oxford Guide to Writing by Thomas S. Kane, Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (April 28, 1994)
  • An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style: Dreyer's English by Benjamin Dreyer, Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 4, 2020)
  • The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven Pinker. Penguin Books; Reprint edition (September 22, 2015)
  • Spunk & Bite: A Writer's Guide to Punchier, More Engaging Language & Style by Arthur Plotnik, ‎Random House Reference; Reprint edition (May 8, 2007)
  • How to Write Like a Writer: A Sharp and Subversive Guide to Ignoring Inhibitions, Inviting Inspiration, and Finding Your True Voice by Thomas C Foster. Harper Perennial (September 6, 2022)
  • The Elements of Eloquence: Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase by Mark Forsyth, Icon Books Ltd; UK ed. edition (January 1, 2016)

Book that covers the following topics: Writing process, grammar, and study skills

  • Writers INC: A Student Handbook for Writing and Learning (Write Source 2000 Revision) by Patrick Sebranek, Dave Kemper, Verne Meyer and Chris Krenzke, GREAT SOURCE; 6th edition (August 22, 2005)

Books on English grammar

  • The Hodges Harbrace Handbook by Cheryl Glenn and Loretta Gray, Wadsworth Publishing; 18th edition (January 1, 2012)
  • The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzes by Lester Kaufman and Jane Straus, Jossey-Bass; 12th edition (May 4, 2021)
  • High School English Grammar and Composition Book (Multicolour Edition) by V, Prasada, Rao N D, S Chand & Company (December 1, 2015) - Revision of a popular book by Wren and Martin (Separate answer key book is available)
  • Write Right!: A Desktop Digest of Punctuation, Grammar, and Style by Jan Venolia. Ten Speed Press; 4th edition (August 21, 2001)
  • The Best Punctuation Book, Period: A Comprehensive Guide for Every Writer, Editor, Student, and Businessperson by June Casagrande. Ten Speed Press; First Edition (April 15, 2014)
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss. Avery; Reprint edition (April 11, 2006)
  • The Grouchy Grammarian: A How-Not-To Guide to the 47 Most Common Mistakes in English Made by Journalists, Broadcasters, and Others Who Should Know Better 1st Edition by Thomas Parrish. Wiley; 1st edition (September 24, 2002)
  • Grammar for a Full Life: How the Ways We Shape a Sentence Can Limit or Enlarge Us by Lawrence Weinstein, Lexigraphic Publishing (November 17, 2020)
  • Handbook of Grammar & Composition, A Beka Book, 5th Edition. A BEKA BOOK; 5th edition (January 1, 1970)

Books on English usage

  • Garner's Modern English Usage. Oxford University Press; 5th edition (November 17, 2022)
  • Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage by Jeremy Butterfield. Oxford University Press; 4th edition (June 1, 2015)
  • Common Errors in English Usage: Third Edition by Paul Brians. William, James & Company; 3rd edition (October 15, 2013)
  • The King's English: A Guide to Modern Usage by Kingsley Amis. Bertrams Books (January 1, 2011)

See also