Writer and author June Casagrande of Grammar Underground says, “As a writer, it’s your job to organize information, to prioritize it with the Reader in mind, to chop and add as you see fit. But only by fully understanding the mechanics of the sentence can you do so in the best way possible.”
Bearing this in mind, take comfort and know that even the greatest authors reworked their manuscripts, George Orwell included. If you need some help in the writing department and want to organize your thoughts and write killer sentences, look no further than these great resources:
- June Casagrande: It Was the Best of Sentences, It was The Worst of Sentences: A Writer’s Guide to Writing Killer Sentences
- Roy Peter Clark: Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
- Mignon Fogarty: Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips For Better Writing
- William Strunk and E. B. White: The Elements of Style
- Save a work-in-progess digital file every 15 minutes as you make additions and changes.
- Back up files to an external drive.
- Save copies of digital files to a cloud storage option like Dropbox.
- Email a copy of the latest draft to yourself.
- Read romance novelist Joy Adare’s best-kept writing secrets.