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Styling Text Messages in Fiction

Styling Text Messages in Fiction

Your protagonist’s phone vibrates. It’s a text from her best friend, but how? He died exactly one year ago in a car crash. The words come into focus.

Wait a second. How should text messages be styled in a manuscript?

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Beyond Kerning: How to Proofread Design

Beyond Kerning: How to Proofread Design

If you love catching a zero in place of a capital O, a curly quote in place of a prime, or two single quote marks in place of a double, you can hone your eagle eye by learning to spot flaws in design.

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Crafting Citations through Principles, Not Rules: MLA Style, Eighth Edition

Crafting Citations through Principles, Not Rules: MLA Style, Eighth Edition

As a student of the humanities, I worked with Modern Language Association (MLA) style long before I became aware of the other styles. So it’s big news to me and generations of scholars that the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook, published in April, breaks from a rule-based format to one that focuses on the principles for crafting useful citations.

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