As writers, the most important thing we can do for ourselves is to create space for writing. You have to tackle the metaphysical (when do you actually sit down to write), the physical (where do you actually sit down to write), and the mental (how do you you sit down and have a successful writing session).
CMOS 5.250, “Good usage versus common usage,” is one of the lengthiest sections in CMOS’s seventeenth edition. It illuminates tricky words and phrases that are commonly used incorrectly in American writing. Learning the proper style for these terms will ensure you don’t confuse your readers and embarrass yourself with erroneous word choice.
When you imagine a writer, I can almost guarantee you picture something like Johnny Depp in Secret Window: shaggy hair, unkempt beard, reading glasses, and, of course, pajamas with a terry cloth robe thrown over to complete the look. It’s a classic ensemble. But just how many writers actually don this lackadaisical uniform?
Poets use specific skills to enhance the way their words look, sound, and feel. Let’s look at four lessons from poetry that can strengthen your writing, whether you’re a novelist, blogger, or a technical writer.
One of the largest advantages to self-publishing is the ability to maintain creative control over your own work. Traditional publishing houses have specific requirements for manuscripts, some of which may compromise the author’s original vision of the work. Self-publishing ensures that you, as the author, have the final say on how your work is presented.
Time is such an integral part of our experience as humans . . . we run out of time, time is money, time heals, time flies. But there are often inconsistencies or variations in how we write about time. Review this guideline to brush up on accepted standards, and find out whether you should be using “daylight savings” or “daylight saving” time.
“I first heard of editing as a job when I was in middle school. I distinctly remember hearing an editor on a podcast and knowing right away that this was what I wanted to do. A career where I could read books for a living? Perfect!”
Direct writing saves space—on paper or screen—and strengthens your thoughts, helping you sound more confident, knowledgeable, and intelligent. Using a few of the Scribe Source’s writing and editing tips as guides, we’re going to look at three areas of writing where inefficient phrasing sneaks in—hedging words, adverbs, and weak verbs—and how we can solve these issues.
As writers, you need to be addicted to either whiskey or coffee. Truly, there is a long and illustrious literary tradition of drinking on the job. But what is the right drink for the job?
We often consider “good writing” to be a matter of simply following grammatical and spelling rules, but writing style guides provide broader advice for tricky topics, such as expletives.