Each publication has its own style. If you’ve written for other publications before, whether online or print, you may be familiar with the Associated Press or AP style. AP style is a common style guide that many American journalists use that addresses things like comma usage, capital letters, and a wide range of other writing rules.
Our guide won’t go through all of the nitty-gritty of AP or FANDOM style, but let’s look at a few things that new writers should be aware of.
“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; the editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” – Mark Twain
All articles need to be a minimum of 300 words. If you’re struggling to reach this mark, you might want to reconsider whether there’s anything about the topic worth saying.
While there isn’t a strict upper word limit, we aim for articles to be under 1,000 words so they’re "snackable" and shareable. In many cases, an editor will prescribe a word count for you, however, if you're ever unclear, always ask.
Referring to the LGBTQ+ Community
When referring to people in the LGBTQ+ community, please use the guidelines outlined by GLAAD:
More Style Notes
FANDOM Editorial Writing Guidelines
FANDOM Editorial How to Write Headlines
FANDOM Editorial How to Write Introductions