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    Writer's Guide

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    Humanastory Writer's Guide

    This writer's guide is for ONLY those who chose to write articles for us.

    • Do not justify text. Use ragged right.
    • Use only one space after period, comma, colon, semicolon.
    • All numbers over 999 (except dates) use commas, as in 14,472.
    • All numbers are spelled out up to “ten,” numerals for 11 and higher. The only exception is percentages, as in “2 percent.” (See next item.)
    • Always spell “percent,” never use % sign.
    • Commas and periods always go inside quotation marks, as in “Go,” he said.
    • Never use just the last name of a living person. Men are always Mr., Prof., Doc., etc. Women are Miss or Mrs. if marital status is known, Miss if not known. They are never Ms.
    • No periods when US is used as a modifier, as in US Army.
    • Do not use the passive voice unless absolutely necessary.
    • Ordinals are 12th, 13th, etc. Do not use superscript for the “th.”
    • Never start a sentence with a numeral.
    • Always spell out the months of the year; no abbreviations.
    • Use Hispanic, not Latino.
    • When referring to race, black and white are never capitalized.
    • Use 1960s, not 1960’s.
    • Do not use a long word when a short one will do.
    • Ellipses are period-space-period-space-period-space. Do not use the ellipsis character.
    • Make every word carry freight; no padding.
    • Do not use clichés, such as “selling like hotcakes,” “complete disaster,” “meteoric rise,” “this day and age,” “like never before,” etc.
    • M hyphens (the long ones used to set off phrases) do not have a space either before or after.

    Edited by Brian Klein

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