Notes from An Alien

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Free Resources for Writers

In the spirit of my previous post, Free Software for Writers…, and with a thanks to Danielle Warchol from Personal Finance Advice, I’m going to list a few free resources writers might find useful

Purdue OWL

“The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.”

The Elements of Style

“Asserting that one must first know the rules to break them, this classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.”


Yes, it counts words but also, “…automatically shows you the top 10 keywords and keyword density of the article you’re writing. This allows you to know what keywords you use most often and what percentage each is used within the article. This can help you from over-using certain words in your writing and allow you to make sure you have the correct keyword distribution you’re trying to obtain for any article you write.”

Common Errors in English Usage

“The concept of language errors is a fuzzy one. I’ll leave to linguists the technical definitions. Here we’re concerned only with deviations from the standard use of English as judged by sophisticated users such as professional writers, editors, teachers, and literate executives and personnel officers….This is not a site dealing with grammar in general.”

How to Use English Punctuation Correctly

“With the dawn of the Internet, the birth of Internet slang, and the growing age of SMS, many individuals are forgetting the fundamental aspects of English punctuation….Consider this article a crash course in English punctuation…”

Article Formatter

“If you like to write your articles in Microsoft Word, the special characters inside the article can cause havoc on your blog making them appear as weird, unidentifiable characters. This is due to the use of different systems to render these characters between Microsoft Word and many blogging platforms. This site will strip out all the weird characters so they show up correctly on your blog. It will also format articles sent through email so that they display correctly when published.”


Have any sites you use for your writing that aren’t here?
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2 responses to “Free Resources for Writers

  1. jacobdp August 9, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Thank You fro the list. I carry The Elements of Style with me, it contains more useful information to write good than a book ten times it’ s size. I nickname it The Writer’ s Bible.


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