The seventh link of Christmas: Plain language

This is the smallest of my collections, which says something itself, I think.

I share what I find, and I find very little. In my experience, new writers tend to think they have to use florid language (big words, fancy syntax) to make their writing worthwhile.

Nope. If the writer is capable, that’s one thing. If the writer’s new, chances are good that simpler language (in both words and construction/syntax) will be the better option. Again, I’m speaking from my experience as a freelance editor. Your mileage may, of course, vary.

This little collection contains posts on legal, medical, academic, and business writing. You’ll see some familiar names, I think: Bryan A. Garner, Steven Pinker, Conscious Style Guide, and even the Mental Floss site. (AND June Casagrande, one of my editorial heroes.)

Check out our Blogroll, folks!

I’ve added a few of my favorite language-related blogs to our main page (down there on the right, at the bottom). I’m sure that eventually Ray will do likewise.

In particular I want to point out Daily Writing Tips. This site is wonderfully all-encompassing. If you want help with grammar, spelling, vocabulary, fiction, business writing . . . it’s here. I especially enjoy reading and re-reading “7 Grammatical Errors that Aren’t.” Need to know whether to say “cement” or “concrete” for your novel (or business letter)? The answer’s here.

As for me, I’ll be printing a copy of “Breaking Muphry’s Law” for the wall over my desk. (It’s under Writing Basics. Go see.)