In honor of National Grammar Day … it IS “March Fourth” after all … do you have any grammar books? Punctuation? Writing guidelines? Style books?
More importantly, have you read them?
How do you feel about grammar in general? Important? Vital? Unnecessary? Fussy?
I have one grammer/writing book from college that I've kept: Quick Access: A Reference for Writers, 3rd Edition by Lynn Quitman Troyka. It's a great source for grammer that has helped me a lot. Yes, I've read it; college has this crazy thing where they like you to read your books, plus I actually had to buy this one so I wasn't wasting my money.
Grammer is important to me. Probably my grandmother's fault (retired English teacher) so I've always had this thing where improper use of puncuation irritates me. I'm not total control-freak over it (because a lot of the time, I myself am not sure of the rules since there are so many of them) but blatant mistakes drive me nuts and can sometimes keep me from enjoying a book (Book example: Twilight and it's abuse of the dash and theosaurus). If the improper usage is deliberate (such as the novel Push by Saphire because it was in the girls point of view and she was illiterate) then I do not mind so much. But I think if you're going to have a novel published, then please have the decency to have limited to no mistakes otherwise, how do you expect people to take you seriously as an author? On that note, please forgive any grammer mistakes possibly made in this post.