Janis Bell knows you, me and everyone we know
or at least, she knows our most common grammatical pitfalls. "I've been teaching writing for 35 years in many settings," Bell says, "so I've seen literally hundreds of thousands of people over the last three decades, and all of the various writings that they do and have understood what their most common errors are."
Drawing from her experience, Bell has written a new book, Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences: A Guide to Avoiding the Most Common Errors in Grammar and Punctuation. Published by W.W. Norton & Company, Bell's book is designed to help people overcome grammar roadblocks so they can gain more confidence as writers.
We spoke to Janis Bell and she told us about her book, including how it got its interesting title. She also told us about some of her favorite reference books, and where she draws inspiration for her own writing.
Listen to the complete interview
Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences: A Guide to Avoiding the Most Common Errors in Grammar and Punctuation by Janis Bell.
Music from this Episode: "So Fresh, So Clean" by Outkast; "I Hear the Bells" by Mike Doughty.