Welcome back from driving across a couple states! Now edit something in an entirely new field with a new style. OK, no problem. How do I do it?
I look up every fucking thing. Wikipedia (ahem) will tell me whether something is animal, vegetable, or mineral, and that gives me enough to look through the (143-page badly designed) style manual.
Usually I have one serious pass where I look up everything I wouldn’t swear on my mother’s dearly departed soul was true. The second pass is quicker. I make sure I haven’t introduced any errors, or missed anything. When I’m editing something new new, I take two serious passes.
3. With Coffee
Prop these fucking eyelids up!
4. Using Context Clues
One kind of acronym is italicized. Why? I have no fucking clue, but the author is consistent about it. So it must be A Thing. And so I scour the style section under “italics” and then google the term itself so I can figure out whether it is animal, vegetable, or mineral. Then I figure what it is and thus why it is italicized.
5. With Find and Replace and Two Style Manuals
I have both a printed out style manual and one open on my desktop. Sometimes I have a very pointed question, such as is a hyphen used with “auto-“? I do a Ctrl + F “auto” because it’s a question I understand. If I need to figure out how to set footnotes, I turn to the paper copy and read the whole section, because I might find the answer to a question I didn’t even know to ask.
6. With Limited but Focused Internet Breaks
Hello blog readers, what are you doing today?