Oct 4
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If you ever won­der, “What do edi­tors actu­ally do?”, this video intro­duc­tion to The Chicago Man­ual of Style will give you a quick look. It’s one of the tools I use the most — and one of my favorites!

cmos-coverYou might be sur­prised to dis­cover how many aspects of writ­ing we edi­tors con­stantly watch for, double-check, and cor­rect — all with the aim of mak­ing what­ever piece we’re work­ing on as artic­u­late, cred­i­ble, and pro­fes­sional as possible.

LINK TO VIDEO: Intro­duc­tion to the Chicago Man­ual of Style

If you are an aspir­ing edi­tor or pro­lific author look­ing to pub­lish, this man­ual — con­sid­ered “the gold stan­dard” for main­stream writ­ing — might be a great tool for you.* (If you’re writ­ing for an aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tion or a jour­nal or mag­a­zine, be sure to ask which style guide they prefer.)


*NOTE: I receive no com­pen­sa­tion of any sort should you decide to click through from the end of the video to try CMOS.

Aug 31
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AaCap­i­tal­iz­ing words in an attempt to lend them empha­sis or impor­tance is near the top of this copyeditor’s (and prob­a­bly many oth­ers’) list of pet peeves. Peo­ple! A pri­mary use of ital­ics is to empha­size words. Under­lin­ing is another, albeit some­what anti­quated, way to do so. All-capping does the trick in infor­mal writ­ing, though you have to be care­ful: it can be taken as shouting–whether angry or excited, des­per­ate or freaked out. But Nowhere in mod­ern writ­ing of Eng­lish has mid-sentence cap­i­tal­iza­tion been taught as a way to show empha­sis. (See what I did there? Just demon­strat­ing the break­ing of The Rule.) Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 22
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Newly discovered sea slug: Phyllodesmium acanthorhinum (LiveScience.com)

Newly dis­cov­ered sea slug: Phyl­lodesmium acan­thorhinum (Live​Science​.com)

 

As the new year moves for­ward, I would like to share with you a piece I wrote for this month’s issue of a pub­li­ca­tion I con­tribute to each month. The Newslet­ter Newslet­ter is put out by Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Resources, Inc. and is designed to pro­vide tips and con­tent to church newslet­ter edi­tors for use in their own pub­li­ca­tions.  Read the rest of this entry »

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