It’s never too early to think about that perfect holiday gift for the writer in your life. How about books that will make the arduous tasks of writing and editing a little more fun?
Here are eight titles to enjoy:
A “celebration of the worst writing imaginable.” Reading this book is like driving past a car wreck—you want to look away, but you can’t.
Any editor would judge you unfit for duty if you made mistakes like these.
These aren’t just simple typos. Someone made these mistakes using frosting.
I had always thought the use of quotation marks was fairly straightforward. Not so.
We’ve all wanted to leave them, but these folks actually did.
Smartphones create dumb people, and autocorrect makes fools of us all.
My favorites: the sign on a traffic light that says, “This light never turns green,” or the one that warns, “Caution: blind drivers backing out.”
The Bard tackles “Star Wars” in five acts using iambic pentameter. For example, Han Solo’s line to Chewbacca as Solo forces him into the garbage chute: “Get in there, you big furry oaf! I don’t care what you smell!” becomes this:
“— Get in, thou furry lump!
I care not what thou smell’st within! Unless
‘Tis death, must be a sweeter smell than this
Attack! Now go, be not afear’d, my friend!”
What books would you add to the list?
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Laura Hale Brockway is an Austin-based writer and editor and a regular contributor to PR Daily. Read more of her work at impertinentremarks.com.