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Thank you for visiting Garbl's Writing Center, my free portal to these writing tools:

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I hope you find my writing website useful, bookmark your favorite pages in your web browser, link to it from your website, and tell your family, friends, colleagues, students and fellow writers about it.--Gary B. Larson, Port Townsend, Washington, United States.

"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.

If you don't like the limited political content here, please look elsewhere for free writing advice.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: I no longer spend much time adding to these writing resources or updating their links and information. So if you find a broken link or outdated information, I apologize. If you'd like to tell me about a new resource or info/link error, please do. But I can't assure you I'll follow up soon.

Also: Several Writing Resources pages are not working properly in Internet Explorer and Opera; they're working fine in Firefox and Chrome. I apologize for this mess and hope to correct it. Other Writing Resources and Writing Center pages are not affected.

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 language, matches the needs of your readers with your needs as a writer, leading to effective, efficient communication.

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. 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's best-selling writing references.

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

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This page updated March 24, 2016. 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, possible error, or bad link please let me know.

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