Hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes—oh my! They may look similar (especially when working in front of a computer screen) but they each serve a distinct purpose, and their correct use shows attention to detail in professional writing. Let’s dive further into the particulars of using hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes correctly.
January 1 is an arbitrary transition point, if you think about it. The first day of the year can’t promise any change in circumstances and it can’t promise success in your endeavors, but it can give you an opportunity to reevaluate. Think of it as a transition and take the time to process and prepare and reset so that you can start fresh with your goals in the new year.
Many aspects of the English language are tricky to navigate for one reason or another, and possessives are one of them. But what is a possessive anyway? What is the best way to show ownership or relationship? As always, the Chicago Manual of Style has the answers.
Writers are often known for being introverts. Even if your writer is more outgoing than the stereotype, the career is being practiced at home now more than ever. So let’s take a look at some ideas that might make your giftee’s life a little more comfortable and enjoyable this holiday season.
In this second edition of our team spotlight series, some of the creative writers on our Scribe Team share how they tackle their toughest hurdles in making time to write.
Write 50,000 words of a new novel in 30 days. NaNoWriMo’s three simple rules—goal, medium, and time limit—are all that’s between you and your 2020 writing bragging rights. Well, maybe it’s not THAT easy, but there are a myriad ways to tailor the challenge to your writing goals.
Whether you’re creating character dialogue or quoting nonfiction, writing speech can be a difficult job to tackle. Should you use double or single quotes? Do you need a comma? Where do you put the ending punctuation? Luckily, The Chicago Manual of Style is here to help. From the many types of discourse to faltering speech, the CMOS is your go-to …
As a summer of major cultural upheaval, partly spurred by the untimely deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbury, and Breonna Taylor, and the subsequent protests over racial inequality, continue, those of us in the editing world must ask, what, if any, changes we must make in our own work. While other industries address racism and diversity in their own ways, editing has its own issues to grapple with.
In today’s installment of Unpacking CMOS, we’d like to address those going back to school this fall. You’re likely going to be writing research papers of some kind—and that means writing citations. CMOS offers two approaches to writing citations: notes and bibliography vs. author-date. Let’s unpack the differences and benefits of each.
We’re kicking off a new series this month, a spotlight feature that poses writing-related questions to our team. We hope you enjoy learning more about our team through this series, as well as getting a variety of solutions to common or tricky problems that every writer faces. In this inaugural edition, we asked the team the following question: Where do you go for inspiration as a writer?