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Thoughts for the Month: Style Guide Series, The Chicago Manual of Style

Thoughts for the Month: Style Guide Series, The Chicago Manual of Style Style Guide Series—Starting in September, 2022, I’m featuring a different style guide each month. Introduction What is a Style Guide? A style guide is a reference for writers, editors, proofreaders, and publishers. It’s a means of ensuring consistency with questions of grammar and …

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Thoughts for the Month: Citations

Thoughts for the Month: Citations Research citations are unavoidable for research writers. Although they are among the most important elements of research writing and presentations, they are often also among the most neglected. These oversights are often the result of prioritizing the writing (articles and books) along with the visual and stylistic elements (presentations) over …

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My Document’s Done! Do I Need a Proofreader or an Editor?

Understanding the lingo of writing and editing professionals Perhaps you’ve just finished an e-book or you are launching a new business. You want to be sure you are presenting a professional image and that merits the help of a professional in the writing & editing field. So, you start looking for editors…of which there seem …

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Search and Surrender, The Help and Hindrance of Journaling through Stress

Sometimes–even for me, an avid journaler who is essentially an advocate for journaling — the journaling practice gets a little too unwieldy. A little too much wallowing, obsessive thought patterning, and unresolvable (without additional information) analysis and guesswork. I ask myself now and then, “Is journaling really a help to my stress levels and stress …

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Steampunk Journaling: Diary Writing in the Digital Age, Or, What I Learn from Reading Old Journals

As we try to understand the past, we try to understand ourselves in relation to the past. Steven Marcus, The Other Victorians (quoted in Steffen Hantke’s “Difference Engines and Other Infernal Devices: History According to Steampunk.”) You know that sense of not quite being able to move on from the past? For those of us who frequently …

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