Write and Edit Efficiently with Word’s Quick Access Toolbar

by C.K. MacLeod For editing projects, I work in Word on two gargantuan computer screens. The upside: I can have many documents open at once, while feeling a little like an air-traffic controller. The downside: I’m a terrible air-traffic controller. With two big screens, it often takes a lot of mousing to get my cursor… Continue reading Write and Edit Efficiently with Word’s Quick Access Toolbar

Can Using Editing Tools Improve Your Writing?

By C.K. MacLeod and Carla Douglas This post first appeared on June 17, 2015 at The Book Designer and on July 15, 2015 at Beyond Paper Editing. How do you edit your writing? Perhaps you use one of these self-editing approaches… Approaches to Self-Editing There are many ways to improve your writing. You can set your… Continue reading Can Using Editing Tools Improve Your Writing?

The Fastest Way to Build an Online Home

by C.K. MacLeod Updated October 7, 2017 Do you have an online home? You really should. Recently, a managing editor contacted me to see if I was interested in doing some work for his publisher. The timing wasn’t great for me, but I didn’t want to leave the publisher high and dry. With the managing editor’s permission,… Continue reading The Fastest Way to Build an Online Home

Omit Needless Words with a Macro

by C.K. MacLeod One of the easiest ways to improve your writing is to “omit needless words”—words that once removed, make your writing clear (Strunk & White). The fastest way to find these words in your writing is to run the Needless Words macro* in Microsoft Word. This macro will highlight every needless word, so… Continue reading Omit Needless Words with a Macro

How to Add a Macro to Word

By C. K. MacLeod Macros can help you to identify areas in your writing that need improving. You can also use macros for formatting and editing tasks. Some word processing programs, like Microsoft Word, can handle macros. You’ll find a list of writing macros you can try in the post Improve Your Writing With Macros, and… Continue reading How to Add a Macro to Word

Improve Your Writing with Macros

By C.K. MacLeod There is a lot you can do to improve your writing. Some improvement tasks will take you hours to accomplish, but some of them can be quick and easy with the help of macros. What are macros? Macros are tiny programs that can handle repetitive and finicky fix-up tasks that would otherwise… Continue reading Improve Your Writing with Macros

Enable Word to Run Macros

by C.K. MacLeod If you have a fresh install of Word, you may have trouble adding or running macros*. Here’s how to sort that. *Macros are tiny programs that can make writing and editing tasks more efficient and accurate. Some macros can help you to see things in your writing that you wouldn’t otherwise see.… Continue reading Enable Word to Run Macros

How to Run a Macro in Word

  by C.K. Macleod Macros can help you to identify areas in your writing that need improving. You can also use macros for formatting and editing tasks. In the post Improve Your Writing with Macros I listed some free writing macros you can try, followed by the next step, How to Add a Macro to Word. This post… Continue reading How to Run a Macro in Word

Writers, Editors, and Money

By C.K. MacLeod If someone is paying you for writing or editing, you’re running a business. You’ll need to keep track of your income and expenses, not just for tax purposes, but so you can make smart and timely business decisions. Recently, while reading Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez,… Continue reading Writers, Editors, and Money