I bought this book while I was in Kelowna, British Columbia at a wonderful store called Mosaic Books. That was September 2012. I am fairly certain that I didn’t read it until a while after, but I am so glad I squeezed it in my reading list because it was one of the better books I have read on the subject, and it covers everything from grammar to useful habits. There are 50 of these tools and I love how they are suggestions; as the author says, “You need tools, not rules”.
Now—I am a really bad person. I write in my books. Margins, underlining, arrows, you name it, I’ve done it. Even smily faces and exclamation points, and not always in pencil (I try to use pencil, but if I have a pen in my hand, then a pen it shall be!). Some people get really cross with me but you know what? MINE BOOK! I want to remember all the things! It was the best thing for me while I was at University, my class notes were right on the pages, right near the quote in question. I had tried writing in a notebook, and then referring myself to line 45 on page 53 or whatever and it ended in a bunch of lost passages and unintelligible notes, so it became normal for me to write directly in the margins. And it works.
That being said, I have written 5/5 on the first page of that book right under the date and location I bought it. I like seeing the date I bought a book so I know how long it took me to get to it—I have a serious lineup problem! Anyway, 5/5 because it really is most excellent and I recommend it to any writer, poet, journalist, biographer, whatever. Read this book, you won’t regret it.
I liked this one so much I went out and bought Help for Writers and Write it Short by the same author, but have not gotten to those yet. I will do though!