Welcome to Fiction+, a new section of Shop Talk where we’ll be discussing Chicago style for creative writers and those who edit and publish their work. Genres will include not only novels and stories but also creative nonfiction and any work that might fall outside the boundaries of ordinary prose.
Most of the time we’ll be sticking closely to the rules and recommendations in The Chicago Manual of Style. But this is our chance to show how those guidelines can be reinterpreted to take advantage of creative opportunities. We’ll look for examples from the real world and invent some of our own. And from time to time we’ll be interviewing writers to get their take on things.
We plan to add new posts two or three times a month, so check back often—or sign up for our alerts.
Photo: Woman Writing, by August Macke (1887–1914), courtesy Wikimedia Commons