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Billi Joy Carson Gives Advice

Billi Joy Carson made a repeat performance at Dog-Eared Pages Bookstore last week. She began by announcing she had just finished updating her “grammar supplies” page on her web site at: Editing Addict. (Thank you Billi Joy. This is a fantastic resource!)

Billi Joy’s talk was an energetic pep talk for writer with grammar thrown in. Her first point was to read, read, read; especially in the genre you want to write in.

If you are held up by not feeling adequate in some area like spelling or grammar take the time to learn. Build a toolbox of knowledge. Visit Billi Joy’s site for ways to do this.

Some of the books Billi Joy shared with us were:

The Handbook of Good English by Edward D. Johnson
Writer To Writer by Cecil Murphy (She said to also check out his newsletter.)
Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors by Kathy Ide.
Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
The Chicago Manual of Style

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Billi Joy Carson and friend, Madison Farrell, who writes young adult fantasy. Visit her blog here.

And one of my favorite quotes as a genealogist/researcher that I didn’t expect to hear from a grammarian. lol
“You don’t have to know everything; you just have to know where to find it.”

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