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Think Broadly: Diversity Reading and Writing Link List

I keep saving up–and sometimes not saving up–interesting, informative, and educational resources for reading and writing diverse literature. Diverse isn’t a perfect term, but it might mean attention to racial and ethnic backgrounds, countries of origin, sexual orientations, ability and disability, religion, and economic status, just for a few examples. Having access to the internet today, and having so many voices sharing (and having shared through times when not so many people were listening) makes me truly fortunate, and I’ve been trying to think of more ways I can be supportive. Keeping a list of what I’m listening to seems like one very tiny way. I’ll be updating this list as I can; I’m hoping to add a link or two each week (and I want to note that there are dozens of great pieces posted every week). Last updated 9/20/2015.

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Your Manual of Style?

NaNoBlogwhatever 9 of 30:

If you write fiction, your publisher probably uses The Chicago Manual of Style for consistency purposes, probably in conjunction with some house-made rules designed to ensure that, well, when given the opportunity, people don’t just make up rules on the spot. (Your non-fiction publisher might also use CMOS, but there are other books in use–and for both nonfiction and fiction, other supplemental books in use, too.) It’s a pricey book, and though there are differences in editions, you’d probably be okay picking up an edition one or two iterations back if you saw it for cheap. That said, big chunks of CMOS aren’t useful unless you need to cite sources, and there isn’t any real guidance for punctuating dialogue, which is one of the hardest things for many writers, in part because there are so many ways to do it right. . .and so many more ways to do it wrong.

What I meant to link you to, however, is the editors’ monthly mailbag, which you can sign up to be notified about via the link “Sign Up for Q & A Alerts” on this page. I love the little discussions–and how often the advice comes down to “Don’t try to fix it–just rewrite it!”

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