Greetings and welcome. Here are my thoughts and ramblings about my life as a writer, photographer, and artist. Life isn't all sunshine and flowers. I weave my way through as much heartache as joy to discover wondrous hidden treasures bubbling my soul. I cover numerous topics bouncing from one to another like a butterfly going from flower to flower. These explorations are fascinating. I hope you enjoy and find inspiration of your own. Namarie.
not an easy job being an editor. I am constantly learning something new about
writing. There may be hard rules in some aspects but other areas are a little
gray. Just when I start feeling confident that I know what I’m doing, something
comes along to keep me humble.
came across the word en dash. What’s an en dash? I looked it up. There’s also
an em dash, both of which are different than a hyphen. Oh dear, what have I
gotten myself into?
hyphen is the shortest of the three and the only one with a designated key on a
computer keyboard. It’s basically used to link a compound adjective such as
well-known man. An en dash is a little longer than a hyphen but not as long as
an em dash. The en dash usually goes between ranges of numbers or scores. The
em dash is used to take the place of commas, parentheses or colons depending on
the effect desired.
above is just a basic description of the three. However, other issues come into
play. Not all computer keyboards and processors are the same. In Microsoft
Word, if I put a space on either side of the hyphen, it lengthens it to a dash.
That doesn’t work on the MacBook, though, where typing two hyphens together
creates a dash. (Of course, I don’t know if in either of those two cases it’s
an en or em dash.) Further reading said operating systems may require going
into symbols to insert a dash. Gosh, this is getting complicated.
went to an AP Style website to research further. This site compared that style
with the Chicago Manual of Style of writing. Now I’m in even more trouble. I’ve
been using the AP Style while writing my book. Should I be following the
Chicago Manual of Style there? It’ll be back to the drawing board with my book
and looking up different rules.
woke this morning with the topic again on my mind. There is writer’s
preference. I have so much going on right now that to learn another style on
top of learning Mac, packing up this house, and finding a new house is too much to take in.
people aren’t even aware there is a difference in writing styles. I never did
or, at least, I never thought about it. I read a book for enjoyment and the
style doesn’t matter if it is consistent,
well-written, grammar and spelling are correct, and it’s easy to read. My style will be my style and as long as I follow the major rules, that's all that matters.
course, this is how I’m thinking today. Next week may be a different story.