If you find yourself tripping over common grammar situations while writing, you should pick up the latest book by Joe Hayden, associate professor of journalism at the University of Memphis.
The Little Grammar Book: First Aid for Writers is a concise guide that dispenses grammar advice in a breezy style that won’t intimidate you.
Hayden addresses punctuation, comma splices, sentence fragments, subject-verb mismatches, and a whole lot more.
"Grammar matters because there will always be a need for clear, substantive writing," Hayden writes. "Lawyers, bankers, administrators, journalists and virtually all other professional people and organizations have to communicate with power and precision."
"Think you’ll ever read imo or lol in a stock report? Get real.”
Hayden, one of my favorite colleagues in the U of M journalism department, illustrated his own book, using simple but effective cartoon-style drawings. (I used to wonder why he doodled so much during faculty meetings.)
It’s a refreshing, highly useful book.
Everyone needs a first-aid kit at home.
And every writer needs Hayden’s first-aid advice for writers.
Grab a copy of his book and avoid the “grambulance.”
— Darrin Devault