The next resource that Dixie is very excited about is one of the most influential books on writing ever written, a classic reference book called The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. It focuses on a few essentials, the elementary rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.
It covers grammar, diction, syntax, sentence construction and other basic writing essentials. It was developed to improve the US government's communication with the citizens by the Plain Language Action and Information Network PLAIN , which is a community of federal employees dedicated to the idea that citizens deserve clear communications from government. This guide's main focus is writing documents, and most of its priciples apply to writing business correspondence.
This booklet is intended for all writers of English, it sets out ten top tips for clear writing and contains "some hints - not rules - that will help you to write clearly and make sure your message ends up in your readers' brains, not in their bins". Some of us take it for granted that our business correspondence will end up in our readers' brains.
Well, Dixie sure hopes it always does! And stays there, too. To produce the guide, the European Commission drew on the work of experts in plain language movements worldwide, and the campaign encouraged national contributions. It's a must-read for those whose jobs involve any sort of writing. And it has a lot of tips on writing business correspondence, email being one of her frequent subjects. The Guide to Grammar and Writing was developed in by Dr.
Charles Darling at the Capital Community College. It provides information on the following levels of grammar: It includes pages with samples of business correspondence , interactive quizzes , plague words and phrases to avoid and even a list of something called Anomalous Anonymies or simply put, goofs which are so hilarious Dixie and I had to stop reading them before we reached the end of the page Explore this resource in depth, it is incredibly good especially its "Grammar" part, which almost everybody usually considers boring, so it might even change your mind about grammar.
Dixie would like to remind you that after you have written your perfect business correspondence piece it is usually quite useful to proofread it to make sure it is as perfect as you have thought. For that purpose she has decided to include a proofreading manual PDF in the resources she offers to your attention on this page. Besides, this manual includes proofreading and editing symbols that can be very handy. Beside the above mentioned writing resources Dixie thinks it is very important to have a list of plain words and phrases that can be very helpful in keeping your writing short and simple.
Another resource Dixie would like to offer you is a Punctuation Made Simple site. Its author is sure that punctuation is simple, and aren't you tempted to be convinced?! If you are, just follow the link! It's that easy, you'll see. Nothing helps improve your writing better than practice.
Check out frequently updated writing for business quizzes and see how you score. Free online tests and training materials is another great practical resource. In Dixie's opinion, you do! These articles cover everything from the basics like spelling and grammar to more complex topics like choosing the most appropriate verbs. They also have advice for other forms of business writing including research papers, letters of recommendation and even resumes.
The Fundamentals of Persuasive Writing One example of business writing would be business proposals. In these particular documents, and some other types of business communications, persuasive writing and business writing go hand in hand. The fundamentals of Persuasive Writing is useful guide covering the basics of this style of writing written by respected copywriter Bob Bly.
It is full of advice about grammar and formatting and also offers some sample business documents that you can refer to as a guide. The guide is downloadable and is offered in pdf format direct from the College.
Center For Communication Practices The Center for Communication Practices or CCP has an excellent guide created by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute which gives in depth advice on creating memos including what format to use and the style of writing that works best. Jet Writers is a custom writing service that is here to help when you need to improve your writing or get it proofread by professional writers or simply look for checking your grammar. Getting assistance and guidance from experienced writers will definitely benefit your writing skills.
Grammarly Knowing how to write for a business audience is only half of the battle! A huge part of making your writing as professional as possible is using the correct grammar, vocabulary and spelling. A great online resource for this is Grammarly.
This service is so much more than a spellchecker, the program can actually correct over different types of errors. The spell check element is contextual to make sure that you are using the correct word. Grammarly can also help to enhance your vocabulary by suggesting synonyms that will take your document to the next level.
It can be a truly invaluable tool for anyone writing for business. These are just some of the useful resources that you can find online to hone your business writing skills. Hopefully, they will help you become great business writers.
The Business Style Handbook: An A-to-Z Guide for Writing on the Job with Tips from Communications Experts at the Fortune by Helen Cunningham and Brenda Greene This is a practical and comprehensive guide that focuses specifically on writing issues that frequently arise on the job.
Business Writing Resources. We offer a range of business writing courses and cover such topics as basic writing, email etiquette, and writing technical documents. In this section of our site, we’ve included a few resources people interested in those courses might find useful. You are welcome to link these resources from your website.
One of the business writing resources Dixie finds indispensable is a Style Manual from Garble's Writing Center which contains heaps of valuable information about abbreviations, addresses, capitalization, terminology, numbers, plurals, possessives, punctuation, spelling and word usage. This guide focuses on the U.S. standards for definitions, . This guide to business writing points you in the direction of the wide variety of resources available on the site. Basic Business Letters These two articles provide an overall framework for writing business letters.
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) hosts various writing resources and instructional materials for instructors, students, and professionals. The resources cover grammar, mechanics, internet literacy, research, and citation. Business writing resources include information and guidelines on writing job applications, job search letters, and resumés. For the Category of Communications (Business Writing): To round out your knowledge of this Library topic, you may want to review some related topics, available from the link below. Each of the related topics includes free, online resources. Also, scan the Recommended Books listed below.