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

Read more below about each writing tool.

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 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.

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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

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. (Please note: I plan to update this list.)

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This page updated Jan. 23, 2020. 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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