FAQs: What books do you use to look up English Grammar rules?
You probably won't like this, but I am constantly practicing English Grammar, by daily doing High School Grammar lessons. I diagram 100 sentence a day and have done so since 1996.
Yes. While you all want the instant quick answer to writing rules, so you skip school and take the easy way out, I go through an entire High School manual in a couple of weeks, and when I get to the end I start over again.
I didn't have the luxury of going to school like you did, so I had no choice but to teach myself. I did the entire ABeka Grammar series starting from Grade 4 to Grade 12, then repeated it starting at Grade 7 to 12, and repeat it from Grade 7 to Grade 12, continually ever since. It takes me about 8 months to complete all 5 years' worth of textbooks. And when I reach the end, I start over again, and when I reach the end again, I start over again.
When I say I constantly practice English Grammar, I mean what I say and I actually practice English Grammar and I find it quiet annoying when school-skipping idiots respond to that by saying: "But I write every day and I never improve."
Did I tell you to write every day? No. I most certainly did not. I told you to practice English Grammar. There's a hell of a big difference.
Practice makes perfect. If you want to perfect your writing skills, you must first perfect your Grammar skills. If you continually write without knowing your errors, you only practice the art of writing errors and perfect the art of writing errors perfectly incorrect.
You will never be a skilled writer if you are not first skilled at Grammar.
Before you can practice writing, you must first practice Grammar.
I've not listed all the books below as there are so many. Each grade consists of a set of books:
* The Student Textbook
* The Teacher's Manual
* A Student WorkBook
* A Teacher's WorkBook Answer Key
* A Student Tests and Quizzes Book
* A Spelling, Vocabulary, and Poetry Manual
* A Teacher's Answer Key For The Spelling Book
* A Reading/Literature Student TextBook
* The Reading/Literature Teacher's Manual
* A Student WorkBook For Reading/Literature
* A Teacher's WorkBook Answer Key For Reading/Literature
* A Student Tests and Quizzes Book For Reading/Literature
Each book costs between $40 to $70, average that to $50 x 12 books per grade = around $600 per grade, times 5 grades (Grade 7 to Grade 12) = around $7,200 to buy the entire set of books and complete all 5 years from Grade 7 to Grade 12... so, you'll need to dish out quite a bit of money if you seek to gain the same writing skill I have using the same method I use to practice Grammar.
Do note that ABeka books are considered to be 4 grades ahead of the grade listed. For example, what ABeka book teaches in 4th Grade is what is taught in 8th Grade in Public Schools, while the12th Grade books is a college level. ABeka books are not used in standard public schools, they are used by private schools that specialize in teaching gifted/child prodigies that are too far ahead of their age group to be taught at a normal grade range.
Answering readers' FAQ:
Why is so much of the Quaraun series set in the 1970s & 1980s? Why not set it in current times?
>>>Why is so much of the Quaraun series set in the 1970s & 1980s? Why not set it in current times?
When Quaraun times travels to the future, the story IS SET IN CURRENT TIMES.
The date Quaraun arrives in is ALWAYS the same day that I wrote the scene.
Meaning, if Quaraun ends up in 1978, it's because I wrote that scene in 1978.
Meaning, if Quaraun ends up in 1982, it's because I wrote that scene in 1982.
Meaning, if Quaraun ends up in 1994, it's because I wrote that scene in 1994.
Meaning, if Quaraun ends up in 2013, it's because I wrote that scene in 2013.
MOST of the short stories in the Quaraun series were written between 1982 and 1987, and as Quaraun is ALWAYS in the current time of the date I'm writing, and because I wrote most of those scenes in 1982 to 1987, that means most of the scenes end up set between 1982 to 1987.
FAQs: When you say to read in order to learn what good writing looks like, but than you say don't read anything self published or written in the past 50 years, what than do you suggest I read to learn what good writing looks like?
I recommend 3 things.
* 1: I recommend the Reading/Literature TextBooks of the ABeka Grammar series that I previously mentioned above. I also recommend reading EVERY PAGE IN ORDER of EVERY volume of the series starting with Grade 4 and ending with Grade 12. (Those books are listed below).
* 2: WELL WRITTEN classic literature. (Listed in the second column below)
* 3: American and World History TextBooks. (Listed in the third column below)
* 4: Science TextBooks. (Listed in the 4th column below)
These are the books I personally read to see/examine how good quality writing looks on the published page and teach myself to improve my own writing by mimicking the writing style seen in the books listed below.
These books are how I taught myself to read and write. I was not allowed to go to school and spent 27 years of my life, since I was 8 years old, locked in a cage, tortured, beaten, and starved.
As an adult I used these books to teach myself as I had no other way to gain an education.
Again, not every book is listed, as there are too many to list them all, but enough are listed to get you started.
* 1: I recommend the Reading/Literature TextBooks of the ABeka Grammar series
* 2: WELL WRITTEN classic literature.
A note here... I make it a point to read no fewer than 100 books a year - 2 books a week. Some years I have as many as 300 books by reading a book almost every day. I own more than 300,000 books and have read more then 10,000 of them with a goal to attempt to read them all. As such, I can't even begin to list anything close to all of the books I read. Though I will point out 90% of them were written before 1950 and all of them are hardcover or paperback, not one of my 300k books is an ebook or an audio book. I don't read ebooks nor do I listen to audio books.
* 3: American and World History TextBooks.
Yes, I DO classify reading History and Geography books as good, quality recommended daily light reading that should be done in between regular novel and short story reading.
It is my belief that when one ONLY reads fiction, ones view of what is goof writing becomes warped. Thus I recommend reading historical documents, including to go to your local museums to read important documents about your town/state/region. This is especially important if you, like me, write local tales, stories set in your home town/state/region.
This is also why I have such a strong grasp on describing the places Quaraun travels to in the novels I write, without my ever having set foot outside of Maine.
* 4: Science TextBooks.
Yes. Once again, like with History and Geography, I DO classify reading Science books as good, quality recommended daily light reading that should be done in between regular novel and short story reading.
I firmly believe that if one does not have a working knowledge of the world around you, not just it's history and geography, but also it's plants, animals, rocks, functions, ad place in the universe, that one will not be able to successfully write descriptions of the world character in your novels live in, because without knowing how your own world exists, how can you even begin to know how to create a fictional world?
As such, I put reading science books as highly important for anyone seeking to write novels.
And again, as I was not allowed to go to school and was locked in a cage from the time I was 8 until I was 31, I did not start studying science until I was an adult, and as such, I started with Grade K5 and went all the way through to Grade 12, doing so in 3 years, so that I could apply for a GED which I got when I was 37. The Science books listed below are the ones I used to do that with, and again mostly by ABeka as I absolutely refuse to use books with frutie tuttie Evolution or Big Bang hocus pocus mumbo jumbo.
Also, I quickly discovered that as young as 4th grade, vile degradations of sex perversion and utterly disgusting lessons about sex are in Science books published by perverse public school textbook publishers, so I burned them all in the wood stove I will NOT recommend any of the horrifically horrendous, disgustedly perverted sex fill Science books published by non-Christian companies.
It's no wonder the American population has children so perverse and degraded, when they stoop so low as to spend more than 75% of their science textbooks being devoted to the vile disgusting top of sex education. It's utterly deplorable. Sex has no business being in schools. With that kind of filth being taught to children it's no wonder American's gone to shit.