Tag: AP stylebook

  • What Is an Action Verb?

    What Is an Action Verb?

    I have a specific set of criteria when I choose to go see a movie. Most movies I enjoy need to have clever dialogue, a strong plot line and plenty of action. Action is often what keeps viewers tuned in (and not falling asleep). Writing is much the same, no matter if you’re writing a…

  • Understanding AP Style Numbers

    Understanding AP Style Numbers

    If you want to follow the content writing style used by magazines, newspapers, editors and journalists, then you need to study up on Associated Press style, or AP style. This style of writing is very commonly used in SEO content writing such as business blogging, press releases, eBooks, white papers and more. In the past…

  • AP Style Elections Topical Guide (With General Political Terms)

    AP Style Elections Topical Guide (With General Political Terms)

    Politics, and especially elections, can spark big emotions that result in writing bias or accidental inaccuracies. To prevent writing mistakes, use this AP style Elections Topical Guide. We include explanations that can help you generate stories about presidential elections in accordance with AP Stylebook rules. A list of recent political terms follows the election guide…

  • How Do You Write AP Style Legislative Titles?

    How Do You Write AP Style Legislative Titles?

    Staying on top of what is going on in your national and state legislatures is important to be an informed voter and to be involved in your community. Even if you do not consider yourself politically savvy, chances are high that you may need to write press releases or other online content that mentions members…

  • AP Style: Using Material From Anonymous Sources

    AP Style: Using Material From Anonymous Sources

    The last few years in the journalism industry have been turbulent with claims of “fake news.” Associated Press journalists and those who adhere to the AP Stylebook believe that credibility comes with transparency, but sometimes sources insist on providing information off the record or on background. When that’s the case, reporters are urged to follow…

  • A Primer on the AP Style Rule for Acronyms

    A Primer on the AP Style Rule for Acronyms

    If you write factual content or realistic fiction, it’s almost impossible to avoid working with acronyms. Between “alphabet soup” government agencies and absurdly named pieces of legislation, I often find my writing overrun with these abbreviations. Given the ubiquity of acronyms, knowing the relevant grammar and style rules is crucial. Since the Associated Press style…

  • How To Include AP Style Company Names in Your Writing

    How To Include AP Style Company Names in Your Writing

    If you are like me and tend to do a lot of blogging throughout the week, you probably mention a well-known company or two in your content. It is imperative that when you write any piece – particularly if it is for a specific company – that you get these names right. For instance, is…

  • How To Use Ellipses

    How To Use Ellipses

    One of the more commonly misused and overused punctuation marks is the ellipsis. I’ve encountered far too many maddening late-night emails literally dotted with ellipses signifying either incoherent thought or implied mischief. Another writing pet peeve is the online use of “to be continued” hooks, which use ellipses to hang stories mid-sentence and keep audiences clicking through. If…