Strunk, White, (and Kalman) to the Rescue
My late night revision process needs all the help it can get. The grammar rules in this book are helpful, but the style diatribes are indispensable.
“It is an old observation that the best writers sometimes disregard the rules of rhetoric. When they do so, however, the reader will usually find in the sentence some compensating merit, attained at the cost of the violation. Unless he is certain of doing as well, he will probably do best to follow the rules.”
-William Strunk Jr., The Elements of Style (illustrated)
Here’s to effectively breaking the rules! (notice I didn’t use affectively?)