It’s good to have goals, and a big one of mine is going to be met in 2017. I am going to read the entire 1,026 pages of the 16th Edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, and share my thoughts here each week.
I’ve used various editions of CMoS over the years — both as a student and as a professional — and this style is the foundation of my editing practice today. I’ve read and reread sections of it until I have them memorized. I go back to it whenever I’m in doubt about a stylistic choice. I have a copy of the 1st edition on my laptop and tablet, as well as the 16th.
But… I’ve never had the chance to just sit down and read it all, in order, from cover to cover.
Broken into 52 weekly chunks, each blog post will have to explore about 20 pages of the guide in order to finish it by the end of the year. With each week, I hope to share a little more of the book, as well as my thoughts on how I use CMoS for myself, and my clients. Have questions? I’ll answer those, too.
If you’d like to read along with me, or want a copy of the The Chicago Manual of Style for your own bookshelf, Amazon currently has the hardback on sale, here.