The Elements of Style.
I bought this book by William Strunk jr. and E.B. White many years ago, but being someone who failed his English exam quite miserably not a lot of it made much sense.
So here I am giving it another go and after the first chapter: ‘Elementary Rules of Usage‘, I seem to be gasping why I failed English 20 odd years ago.
Okay I might be underestimating my understanding of punctuation. But not by much… And this is probably not the best book to be reading when you’re a third of the way through editing your book.
I’ve already wanted to go back and start over. But no. I mustn’t, I must get to the end of my first edit and then I can go back and correct sentence structure, grammar and punctuation.
I mean look at it this way, editors cost a fucking fortune so you might as well learn to do it yourself, right?
Okay, probably not such a great idea. But when you get quoted $850 to edit 60k words, and you’re currently unemployed, hiring an editor seems a little out of reach.
I have to go now, I need to read chapter 2: Elementary Principles of Composition.