How to Pick the Perfect Pet for Your Writing Style

Karly White Humor, Team

When you think of a writer, you probably picture a few things: cups of coffee going cold, cable-knit sweaters, stacks of unread vintage books, and a pet of some kind. A pet is the perfect muse—a friend who can’t offer unsolicited feedback! Here’s how to choose the perfect pet based on your writing style.

Team Spotlight: Back to School Edition

Emily Fahey Editing Tips, Team

Have you ever wondered how someone becomes an editor? For this team spotlight we go “back to school” to hear from three current Scribe editors and one Scribe “alumna” about how a unique college degree led to their careers, plus the best editing lesson they learned in school.

Unpacking CMOS: Social Media and Multimedia Citation

Emily Fahey Technical Writing, Writing Tips

In an age where so many of us are getting information from social media and online sources, what is the correct way to cite that information in an academic paper? How would you include a tweet in a bibliography? How do you address multimedia sources such as recorded lectures, YouTube, and other audio-visual materials? When you get outside the realm of physical books, different types of digital and Internet sources abound. Thankfully, CMOS has guidelines for all of them.

Why You Can’t Write: A Writer’s Block Diagnosis Guide

Sarah Yoon Writing Tips

I used to believe that writer’s block was a mysterious headache. It would blockade all thought on one day only to vanish the next, and there was nothing I could do about it. Thankfully, writer’s block isn’t an incurable mystery illness. Instead, it’s a generic symptom that can have any number of causes. Instead of treating the symptom, let’s diagnose the core issue.

Team Spotlight: Imposter Syndrome

Emily Fahey Team

In this edition of our Team Spotlight, we tackle the question of how to deal with imposter syndrome as writers and editors.

Six Steps for Disagreeing with Your Editor—Without Straining the Relationship

Hannah Comerford Book Publishing, Editing Tips

An editor’s job is to make the manuscript marketable, even if it’s at the expense of a writer’s wishes, right? Not necessarily! While an editor might occasionally ask you to “murder your darlings,” their goal is to bring out the best in your writing and they want your feedback even if you disagree. Here are six steps for having a productive disagreement with your editor.

Four Common Mistakes in Online Curriculum

Kriste Solomon Editing Tips, Grammar

Online curriculum is being produced at a higher volume than ever before, much of it being for consumption online through Google Classroom, school newsletters, and, of course, social media. Here are the four most common errors that we see slip through in curriculum editing.

Unpacking CMOS: Run-On Sentences

Hannah Comerford Editing Tips, Writing Tips

There is one type of error that we see come up consistently across skill levels and genres, and that is run-on sentences. But what is a run-on sentence? How do you fix it? Can you ever get away with it? And where does a style guide like CMOS stand on making exceptions to the rule?