NaNoWriMo: Tailoring the Challenge to Your Needs

Sarah Yoon Writing Tips

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.

Unpacking CMOS: Dialogue

Emily Fahey Editing Tips, Writing Tips

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 …

Unpacking CMOS: Citations

Hannah Comerford Technical Writing, Writing Tips

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.

Team Spotlight: Inspiration

Emily Fahey Team, Writing Tips

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?

How to Write A Book With A Busy Schedule

Lori Baxter Writing Tips

Tony Robbins once said, “If you talk about it, it’s a dream; if you envision it, it’s possible; but if you schedule it, it’s real.” Leaders are those who closely guard their calendars, and for a book-writing endeavor to be real, it must go on the calendar.
But with so much already on your plate, how can you find time to write a book?

British v Amer style in grammar

Unpacking CMOS: British vs. American Style

Hannah Comerford Editing Tips, Grammar, Writing Tips

Blame Downton Abbey or Kate Middleton’s beautiful wedding, or the fact that we owe over 1,700 English words to Shakespeare. Anglophilia (or love of all things English) is alive and well in much of the United States, and many British rules and styles have crept into common usage in our writing. Let’s take a look at some of the differences between American and British grammar, as explained by The Chicago Manual of Style.

NaNoWriMo: Reality Checks, Rebels, and Redos

Jordan Wagenet Writing Tips

Autumn brings to mind falling leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and . . . a dissonant symphony of frenzied keyboard tapping? That’s right—we’re talking about the annual, global event known as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short.