difference between ap and chicago style

Writing Style Guides: The Difference Between AP and Chicago

English is all English, isn’t it? Does it really matter how you place the apostrophe or comma? Yes, it does. There are a ton of style guides writers and editors use to govern what goes where and how it appears. There’s MLA, AP, APA, AMA–seriously, the list goes on.

For our purposes, we’ll focus on the most common two: Associated Press Style (AP)–used mainly for PR and journalistic purposes–and the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) used for books, periodicals, and journals.

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Creative workspace

Building Your Creative Workspace

Get rid of the stuffy, boxed-in atmosphere. If you consider yourself artistic, you should have a creative workspace that is engaging and inspirational.

Regardless of how big or small your creative lab is, an innovative space makes all the difference. Sunny days make us feel happier, and rainy days gloomy, relaxed, and sleepy. That’s because the environment you are in affects how you feel and think. (So, if you work in a cluttered, messy workspace maybe it’s time to consider why you really have writer’s block.)

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Working from Home

Starting a Freelance Career

Being a freelancer is fun. You get to work for yourself. Yes, you’re right: no boss leaning over your shoulder, or battling the early commute’s traffic. It does have its benefits.

According to Forbes and Tech.co, the freelance industry has grown and will continue to drastically. If you’re thinking about becoming a freelancer, or already building up your business on the side you’re in good company.

But before you can begin working at 10:30 a.m., or leave work at 2:00 p.m. on Fridays, a few things should be in place.

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you are a priority

The Art of Starting (and Finishing)

Is it harder for you to start something new, or finish something old? Most writers struggle with one or the other (if not unfortunately both).

But it isn’t only writers who have this issue. It’s people.

We either fail to start what we want to do one day, or finally do but never finish. It’s the biggest dream-killer, and not because we aren’t inspired or creative enough. It’s because of these two words: “discipline” and “priority.”

I mean, isn’t that how most things get done? We discipline ourselves to get up to go to a 9-5 because well, it’s a priority.

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Why Even Good Writers Need Editors

You can be a writer and an editor. You just can’t be both for yourself.


It’s hard to catch your own mistakes. You know how your work is supposed to sound, read, and what emotions you want it to capture. So when you go to edit yourself you still have all these things in mind. You’re too attached to your work and aren’t able to look at it with a different set of eyes.

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My Dying Wish

When that day comes for my life to pass before me, when I am old in age, I want to reflect on my life knowing the condition the world was in when I came improved through my existence.

English: Trail blazing in Jotunheimen mountain...
English: Trail blazing in Jotunheimen mountains, Norway (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I want to leave earth knowing during my lifetime there was one tear not shed due to my encouragement, one soul not rejected because I had loved.

I want to know one less stomach went hungry; one less child was lost.

I want to know in my heart, believe with my soul, and feel within my spirit I did a job “well done.” And not because I did anything “spectacular” and “noteworthy,” but because I helped a life with the one life given to me.