As I continue to wrestle with my shortcomings in grammar, I am comforted by this quote from E. B. White, beloved children's author and co-author of the mini grammar bible, The Elements of Style. "Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar." If a master like Mr. White can move forward believing that the faith in writing is more important than the grammar, then so can I. Of course the nagging question is; did this quote come before or after co-authoring The Elements of Style?
Since it is doubtful that this far from 9th grade I will ever master grammar as well as Mr. White. I have come to rely on a plethora of grammar sites to guide me through the grammar gamut. But, I am forever curious what other tricks, tips, or shortcuts are there to the correct use of grammar? How do you manage to use grammar properly in your writing? Do you use grammar properly in your writing? Are you a grammar guru or grammar Googler (like me)? If you are a Googler, what sites help you? If you are at the level of guru, please share any tips that might help move me from Googler to apprentice.
If you like to Google Grammar, here are a few sites that I use to answer the burning question: Where does that comma go? Purdue Owl, Grammar Girl, The Guide to Grammar & Writing. I am sure there are many more helpful grammar sites and I would love to hear which ones you use. Since, like Oscar Wilde, I actually do spend a good part of my writing putting in and taking out commas.