Six Tools I Can’t Edit Without

When I sit down to edit, I make sure I have these six tools handy:

  1. The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition– For everything.
  2. The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style– For everything Christian that’s not in the Chicago Manual of Style.
  3. Dictionary.com– For all those times I want to tell my writers, “I do not think that word means what you think it means.”
  4. Biblegateway– For biblical quotations in any translation.
  5. GrammarGirl– For fun. Seriously, she’s pretty fun. 
  6. Pandora– For background music. My current favorite is a station I created with movie scores. Music with words can sometimes distract me. 
What do you need for really good writing? Your favorite cup of coffee? A certain brand of pen? Fuzzy slippers to keep you feet warm? Share in the comments or on the Facebook page!