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?
Few aspects of grammar are as confusing as the comma. What does it do? Where does it go? As with most grammatical conundrums, The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) has all the answers.
The difference between colons and semicolons can be challenging, and it is not uncommon to see them used interchangeably and hence, incorrectly. Let’s dive into the unique uses for each punctuation mark.
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?
So you’ve finished the next great American novel. Or the next great American top-ten listicle. Now it’s time to talk about the next step: writing your own bio.
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.
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.
Have you ever gone to bed excited about where your novel is headed, only to wake up completely bewildered as to how your characters got here and what to do with them. Or stared at a computer screen, wondering for the hundredth time how to reword copy to fit into 140 characters without losing any of its charm or humor. Writer’s block . . . it happens to all of us.
A good writing community can make all the difference to you as a writer. Discover the four kinds of people you should look for in that community to challenge, inspire, and bring some healthy competition to your writing life.