A Checklist of Style Guides for the Department of the Interior Writer

All writers are bound by the rules of grammar. Creative writers have the freedom to make a wide range of stylistic decisions based upon their personal preferences and the goals of their artistic expressions. Scientific and technical writers need to write with more clarity and rely on style guides to help them produce it. The […]

Writerly Resolutions for 2012

Happy 2012! This is the time for reflection and inspiration. I already shared a few of my resolutions on LinkedIn and Facebook. Here I’d like to take us in a more general direction and talk about a few of the thoughts that writers and editors can reflect on during this week and the ensuing month. […]

Three Style Guides That Aren’t

No wonder there’s so much confusion about style guides – there are so many of them! In the past decade alone, we’ve seen the publication of Woe is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English, 3rd Edition; That or Which, and Why: A Usage Guide for Thoughtful Writers and Editors; The Well-Tempered […]

Style – House, Company, and Your Own

I have been having the most interesting discussions of late in an attempt to discover, not only the differences between grammar and style, but the seemingly endless variations among style itself. One recurring theme is the distinction between personal preference and house style. I quote Webster (Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language. NY: Gramercy, […]