How to Make a Style Sheet

Bonnie Trenga Mills explains why a style sheet is different from a style guide.

Bonnie Mills, Writing for
4-minute read
Episode #388

Making the Style Sheet Work for You

If your company-produced style sheet is too unwieldy, consider taking matters into your own hands and create a shorter cheat sheet for yourself. After all, a style sheet should make your life easier. Add your own items to it, use sticky notes to highlight commonly used information, and keep a little folder of correct examples that you can refer to. 

Our best advice is to actually use the style sheet! It is your friend and will save you from making bonehead mistakes. Don’t assume that what you think is correct actually is correct. Get used to referring to your handy-dandy style sheet daily and often.


  1. Killen Anderson, Laura. Handbook for Proofreading, Chicago, IL: NTC Business Books, 1995, pp. 26-27. 

This podcast was written by Bonnie Trenga Mills author of The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier, who blogs at sentencesleuth.blogspot.com.


About the Author

Bonnie Mills, Writing for Grammar Girl

Bonnie Mills has been a copyeditor since 1996.