One of the goals of Fiction+ has been to encourage writers and editors to leave the stylebook behind whenever it gets in the way of creative expression.
When it comes to punctuation, there’s a difference between formal prose and creative writing.
A few months ago in a conference session, a group of novelists digressed into good-natured complaints about being copyedited. One writer drew a lot of laughs saying, “I mean, I got A’s in English! I know where the freaking commas go!”
If you follow Chicago style, it’s a safe bet you know that a Chicago-style ellipsis consists of three spaced periods. You probably also know . . .
Q. Engineers think “CMOS” stands for “complementary metal-oxide semiconductor,” so how should we refer to The Chicago Manual of Style?
Q. Is it OK to hyphenate a hashtag at the end of a line?
Q. Is “student teacher” hyphenated?
A comma is normally placed before a coordinating conjunction (and, but, or, so, yet) that joins two independent subject-verb clauses—that is, clauses that could stand on their own as complete sentences. . . .
It’s time for another editing and proofreading quiz! Once again, we test your knowledge of some of the finer points of Chicago style.
Parentheses can be used almost anywhere, but they are rarely seen in fictional dialogue or in quoted speech of any kind. The problem with parentheses in dialogue is that readers may not know exactly how to interpret them. . . .
Most writers and editors learn not to join (or splice) two independent clauses with a comma alone. . . .
There are two different kinds of apostrophes: smart and straight. To use them correctly, it helps to understand how they work. . . .