Welcome to Elevenses, a monthly round-up of my favorite articles and resources related to language, writing, editing, and freelancing.
I love learning the history of words and holidays, and I'm also a sucker for being overly fancy sometimes—just for the fun of it.
John E. McIntyre recommends changes that the next Associated Press Stylebook could incorporate "in the interest of making the stylebook resemble a publication of the current century." I don't agree with all of the suggestions, but I do enjoy well-written opinions (and reading someone else's thoughts about the evolution of the English language).
Last week, I joked about sleeping with a Chicago Manual of Style near my bed, and the truth is that I really do have it nearby at all times. I reference it regularly and have bookmarked favorite sections, but I occasionally get lost when looking for more obscure content. That said, I'm delighted to find out that "you can use the online edition to find things in the print edition even if you don’t subscribe online." Basically, the search bar on the CMOS website functions as a faster and more reliable way to tell you what page to turn to in the book.
I want to say this gently: Jeff Goins has one of the only websites for writers that doesn't look like it was assembled by a colorblind prankster. It makes me so gosh dang happy. The best writing and the best editing are supported by the best design—all three elements are important for effective communication. Check out the rest of his site for free webinars and paid courses, but start with this list of resources, covering everything from web hosting to email marketing to book publishing.
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