Welcome to the team of #CreativeTribes writers. Yay!
We've designed the #CT Style Guide to create consistenty of style for all posts on the #CT blog. Please read the guidelines carefully and make sure you take them into account when writing a post. We'd rather not have to refer you back to the guidelines, but will do if it's clear you've not incorporated them into your post.
Thanks for being part of the team. 🙂
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- Bookmark this page
- Read through the style guide before embarking on your first post
- Refer to the style guide on an ongoing basis, whenever you’re writing a post
Grammar, punctuation, and capitalization
Please use Grammarly to check your writing. You can use it on the web or download the app.
If you use Chrome it’s a good idea to install the as it integrates with WordPress, highlighting errors in the Write Post window. If you don’t want Grammarly suggesting edits on other sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc., you can turn it off for individual sites.
🚩 Make sure to set your preferences to American English.
For general grammar rules, check out — and bookmark! — Grammar Monster’s Grammatical Terms and Definitions and Punctuation Explained:
American English spelling
Use American spelling, not British:
- favorite NOT favourite
- realize NOT realise
- traveling NOT travelling
Using Grammarly — with preferences set to American English — will help if you usually write in British English.
Titles of books, magazines, etc.
- Books, magazines, and newspapers — italicize
- Articles — place inside double quotes
Serial (Oxford) comma
For list items, place a comma after the second to last item in the list, before the coordinating conjunction:
- a cup of coffee, a croissant, and a pot of jam
- NOT a cup of coffee, a croissant and a pot of jam