Standards for writing titles, such as capitalization and italicization, make it easier for the reader to understand what the writer is communicating. Yet with the rise of easily published, unproofed text and social media that doesn’t allow for italics, a writer can miss a lot of these standards—or simply not know them. Check out the latest installment in our “Unpacking CMOS” series to find out what our favorite style guide recommends for dealing with titles of works.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many authors struggle with writing concisely, but here are a few proven strategies for improving the quality of your writing and keeping your readers engaged.
We’ve compiled a gift list full of resources for a variety of writers. It is by no means comprehensive. (Have you ever tried to ask a writer what their favorite book is? They probably gave you a laundry list and adamantly protested that they can’t pick just one.) But our list covers a good selection of team favorites with a variety of styles that (we think) deserve to be on the shelf of every writer.
Have you heard of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, as participants call it? Maybe you’re thinking about participating this year, but you’re still on the fence. Or have you even announced your novel, but you aren’t sure where to start? Have no fear: you’re not alone. Let’s learn about the famous writing event, some advice, tips, and more.