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.

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?

Unpacking CMOS: Hyphens, En Dashes, and Em Dashes

Emily Fahey Technical Writing, Writing Tips

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.

Harness Your New Year’s Goals with the Power of Natural Transitions

Sarah Yoon Writing Tips

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.

Team Spotlight: Time Management

Emily Fahey Team, Writing Tips

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.

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

Rachel Sandell 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 …