I saved the following quotation from Stephen King for a future writing post, but I think it’s also quite appropriate for Back to School as well.
The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.Stephen King
The very first resource I would recommend is Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style . I have the e-book on my Kindle and it is worth every penny whichever way you choose to purchase it. I’m waiting with bated breath for the next edition from Benjamin Dreyer. I have gotten through this year by daily tearing off the pages of his Day-to-Day Calendar.
Hat tip to Mr. Dreyer himself for most of these recommendations. The first two are my own.
Is today a holiday? It could be National Cheeseburger Day. Find out here: National Day Archives
What’s another word for…? Synonyms would be the bane of my existence without this site: Thesaurus
When was the sunrise on September 15, 1938? Was that a Saturday? Find out here: Time and Date
Mr. Dreyer’s Go-To Dictionary: Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition
Webster’s Third New International Dictionary
@MerriamWebster on Twitter
The Free Dictionary (online)