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Do I Need A Style Guide?

Feb 19, 2013 8:48:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in style guide, authoring a practice exam


By K. Acheson

If you are a writer or an editor, you have undoubtedly asked yourself at least once whether you need a style guide. After all, there are countless style guides available, including The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law (AP Stylebook), The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), The Elements of Style (EoS), The Gregg Reference Manual (GRM), the Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications (MMOS), and many more. I searched for "writing style guide reference manual" in Amazon's bookstore and, in a quick scan of the books, I found over 40 different style guides; that was only a fraction of the 400 English results. You get the idea – there are tons of options. So someone thinks style guides are a good idea. But why?

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