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If you need someone to write or edit your documents clearly and concisely, contact Gary B. Larson at Gary's Good Cause Communications! I also can train your staff in clear, concise writing.

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"Politics and the English Language": "The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink"--George Orwell, Horizon, April 1946.


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Garbl's Writing Resources Online

Online since Nov. 1, 1997

Use this free annotated directory to find information and advice on the writing topics below. One of the "101 Best Web Sites for Writers," Writer's Digest, 2001 and 2000.

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Garbl's Editorial Style and Usage Manual

This free style guide gives writing and editing advice about abbreviations, addresses, capitalization, English grammar, numbers, organization terminology, plurals, possessives, punctuation, spelling, word usage, and the World Wide Web.

A | B | C | D | E | F G | H | I J | K L | M | N O | P | Q R | S | T U | V W X Y Z

Garbl's Plain English Writing Guide

A seven-step approach to writing clearly and concisely to meet the needs of your readers. Plain English, often called plain langage, matches the needs of your readers with your needs as a writer, leading to effective, efficient communication.



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Garbl's Concise Writing Guide

This free writing guide gives alternatives to overstated, pompous words; wordy, bureaucratic phrases; and verbose, sometimes amusing, redundant phrases.



Words can and do break bones: personal commentary on the misuse of language, April 24, 1999; updated Sept. 17, 2001.

Garbl's Writing Bookshelf

Reference books make great gifts. They're used again and again.

An annotated list of books on writing and editing that I use and recommend--all available online through my association with Amazon.com. Book categories: grammar and punctuation, concise writing and plain language/plain English, style, usage, dictionaries and thesauruses, writing and editing, business and technical writing, creativity, quotations, and Amazon.com's best-selling writing references.

Some of my favorites:

Dictionary of Concise Writing Associated Press Stylebook Garner's Modern American Usage Chicago Manual of Style Gregg Reference Manual

Also available are contemporary novels by some of my Favorite Fiction Writers.

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Copyright 2012. Garbl's Writing Center created and maintained by Gary B. Larson of Seattle, Washington, garbltoo@gmail.com. Please understand that if I respond to your questions about writing, I may not respond quickly enough to meet your deadline.(If you're wondering, I've never been a cartoonist.)

This page updated Aug. 5, 2013. Whatever their acclaim and position, all writers need editors. I don't have one for Garbl's Writing Center, so if you spot a typo, unclear message or possible error, please let me know. Also, I've gotten way behind in trying to make sure all the hyperlinks in my website are up-to-date, so if you find a broken link, please tell me.

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