Just a quick drop-in to spruik one of my favourite online resources. When I’m about to embark on a typical editing project, I must begin by having all my ‘weapons’ at the ready. I run through this list:
I’ve got my Wiley Style Guide (5th Ed.) — Check.
Macquarie Dictionary — Check.
Australian Handbook For-Writers and Editors — Check.
The Dreaded Purple Book — Check.
A Less Buggy Version of Word — (often) Check.
Battery Life — Check.
Back-up Drive — Check.
Hands — Check.
OH&S Stretches — Check-one-two-check!
Well, in addition to the above, I also make sure I have the Grammar Girl website open. The rules that Mignon discusses do not strictly apply to Australian grammatical conventions, but her advice is concise and a great place to start when investigating a quirk of the English language. Well-worth bookmarking.
In second place are the WordReference forums. They contain many easily searchable posts on a number of writing and editing topics. I always get a quick, friendly reply if I find myself too baffled, so it also comes highly recommended.
Readers, I hope this information is relevant to your interests.
Until next time,