Writing Style Sheets/Punctuation & Formats

Yesterday, writing took a back seat to a task that filled in the blanks regarding some issues of punctuation, grammar and style for writing.  Instinctively, during reading or writing, the words either sounded correct, or not, but the grammar and punctuation of my school days did not resurface to explain why.

Once I climbed aboard the good ship 1st Turning Point, education began firing into my brain from the patient but powerful hands of the captains, Jacquie Rogers and Ann Charles.

One of the first requests from 1st Turning Point Captains came in the form of a question, “Are you familiar with style sheets?”

My answer? “No, but I am willing to learn.” Uh oh!

The journey began–walking through several huge style sheets from the web, picking out what might be useful. When I couldn’t find the answers in those behemoth style sheets, I climbed into two books that had heretofore been shelf decorations in my office … Grammatically Correct by Anne Stilman, and The Elements of Style, 4th Edition, by Strunk & White.

There is much teamwork by the crew still to be done, to shorten it for practical use as a tool by writers who are scheduled to submit articles on self promotion (500 to 1000 words) on the 1st Turning Point website.  When the style sheet can be held up to the light and is flawless (smile) I will share the URL with you, or put it up on my web page for you to check and see if it is something you could use to answer possible niggling questions, for example, “Now where do I put the period … inside the quotation marks or outside?”

Feel free to comment on any errors or omissions in this article! It takes a while for things to sink in. Go ahead, ‘make my day’ … teach me something!

Wishing you all a week in which you can enable calm … take a few deep breaths and stop for a moment … to feel, or to think of, or to take a quick look at  something beautiful …  while Christmas and Hanukkah, or other spiritual celebrations add to the work load of the writer.

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