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Online since Nov. 1, 1997, Garbl's Writing Resources Online features websites focusing on English grammar, concise writing, word play, the writing process, style and usage, words, plain language, action writing, creativity, and reference sources. You'll also find lists of websites on punctuation, overcoming writer's block, avoiding bias, spelling and vocabulary, and writing for the Web.

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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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I can't endorse all the standards, guidelines and links on websites in this free annotated directory. But I'm sure you will find many sites that are useful, interesting and even fun. One of the "101 Best Web Sites for Writers"--Writer's Digest in 2001 and 2000.

Although I may not respond, you may contact me to recommend a Web site that could fit in one of the categories of Garbl's Writing Resources Online. It should provide a substantial amount of free, useful information and advice about writing. I will determine if the site meets my standards. No compensation or reciprocal link is required, though I appreciate links to my sites.

Grammar Guides

Here you'll find everything you want to know about correctly using the parts of speech and sentence structure--plus a section on punctuation.

Fat-Free Writing

This annotated directory features websites that give advice on cutting the fat from your writing--so your readers can easily chew, digest and be nourished by your top-choice words.

Word Play

Fun sites that feature puns, antagonyms, heteronyms, more puns, self-referential sentences, Steven Wright's humor, cliches, never-say-neverisms and other witty word play.

Writing Process

Web sites that describe steps in the writing process--such as prewriting, research, drafting, revising, editing, proofreading and publishing--plus a section on overcoming writer's block.

Style and Usage

Websites and online Style Manuals and Guides with tips to improve your writing, reduce writing errors, increase consistency and figure out the mysteries of abbreviations and capitalization. Includes a section on Avoiding Bias. Also see Garbl's Editorial Style Manual.


Web sites focusing on misused words, Latin and Greek derivations, unusual words, word origins, new words and slang--plus sections on spelling and vocabulary.

Learn more about StyleWriter Plain Language

Web sites that can help you use clear, concise writing to match your needs with the needs of your readers through familiar words and simple sentences.

Action Writing

Web sites that can help you get people to read your writing, keep them interested and persuade them to respond. That's your right and your responsibility. Includes a section on writing for the Web.


An annotated directory of sites that provide advice for increasing creativity and innovation in your writing, in your personal life, on the job, in school, in the arts and elsewhere.

Reference Sources

Web sites that feature various dictionaries, thesauri, phrase finders, research aids, bibliographies and research paper writing standards.

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Garbl's Writing Bookshelf

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

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

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

Also available are novels by some of my favorite contemporary fiction writers.

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Copyright 2013. Garbl's Writing Resources Online created and maintained by Gary B. Larson of Seattle, Washington, 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 April 10, 2012. I try to make sure all the hyperlinks in this website are up-to-date, but if you find a broken link, please let me know. Also, whatever their acclaim and position, all writers need editors. I don't have one for Garbl's Writing Resources Online, so if you spot a typo, unclear message or possible error, please tell me.

Sites listed in Garbl's Writing Resources Online must provide a substantial amount of free advice and information about writing, as determined by Garbl The Webmaster. No compensation or reciprocal link is required for a listing. Of course, other websites are welcome to link to Garbl's Writing Resources Online--or any of its pages. Acknowledgment appreciated.

Except for selected books, CDs and movies on the Writing Bookshelf and Favorite Writers pages and StyleWriter on the Plain Language page, website listings do not signify endorsements of fee-based services, products or programs. Besides expressions of appreciation by site visitors, my only compensation for maintaining this labor of love is the infrequent commissions paid by for items bought through this website.

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