If you are a professional, you should know that one of the most common style guides used in writing used by professional authors, journalists, and bloggers is The Chicago Manual of Style by the University of Chicago Press. It is the style I utilize when writing about, well, everything.
If you want to learn more about The Chicago Manual of Style, there are three official ways to go about accomplishing this: (1) you could purchase The Chicago Manual of Style book from most retail book stores; (2) you could visit The Chicago Manual of Style Online website, and (3) you learn by using both.
I must admit, I have never been one to buy that many books, but things are changing—I have decided to purchase The Chicago Manual of Style (it will be arriving soon). It has received hundreds of five-star reviews, and for good reason, it is the quintessential guide to writing. It is a must-have if you are going to take your writing skills to the next level.
Still, I have, for the most part, utilized The Chicago Manual of Style Online to do my research on writing. I constantly have that website open. It is always the first tab on my Firefox browser. Now, when I first started using the site, I didn’t really think it was going to be as interesting, but I find myself always going back to it. Maybe I’m a hardcore wordsmith or something, but I just find it amazing that all this information is available online for free. (As a matter of fact, I used it just a few moments ago while making the list presented above. I couldn’t recall if list items were supposed to have a following period or surrounded by parenthesis. I know that I have a horrible memory!)
Well, I should mention that The Chicago Manual of Style Online is not free per se. It is free for 30 days—you sign up for an account on The Chicago Manual of Style Online website, and you are given unlimited access to it for 30 days. After that, you are required to pay $30 per year. Now, those clever enough to outsmart the system could find a way around this, but I will leave that up to your ethical values. Regardless, the $30 annual fee is well-spent if you decide to use this site as a reference for your future writing.
You and your readers will be be glad you did.