Writing Guidelines

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-In general, we follow AP Style guidelines regarding numbers, capitalization, abbreviations, and punctuation, including only one space after a period or colon.

-Numbers under 10, like nine or eight, should be spelled out, except in the case of ages, like a 4-year-old boy, or a girl, 8.

-Be clear; say exactly what you mean.

-Avoid cliches like the plague.

-If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

-Avoid beginning sentences with “Look,” “Listen,” “You see,” “So,”  “Because,” “And,” or “Now.

-Avoid rhetorical questions.

-Never use the passive where you can use the active.

-No spaces before and after an emdash.

-Limit paragraph length to three or four sentences. Don't indent paragraphs.

-Include a one sentence suggested headline with your submissions.

-Provide an SEO friendly and catchy title. (Think about what titles grab your attention.)

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