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?

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

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

Dictating a Book? Tips for Editing the First Draft

Originally published at The Book Designer. Written by Corina Koch MacLeod Edited by Carla Douglas Dictation has become a popular method for laying down a first draft. Barbara Cartland and Voltaire did it, James Patterson and Dan Brown are doing it, and popular self-publishing author Joanna Penn is determined to try it. In fact, Cindy Grigg… Continue reading Dictating a Book? Tips for Editing the First Draft

4 Tips and 4 Tools for Tightening Your Prose

by C.K. MacLeod Want to tighten your prose and make your writing easier to understand? Here are four ways and four tools to help you do that — all for free! 1. Omit needless phrases. Authors sometimes use phrases such as “owing to the fact that” or “in order to” like condiments. Often, your meaning… Continue reading 4 Tips and 4 Tools for Tightening Your Prose

Most Popular Writing Tech Posts of 2015

by C.K. MacLeod Here are the top 10 Posts on Tech Tools for Writers in 2015. Hemingway Editor: A Proofreading Tool for Writers Self-Editing Tools Retrieving a Back-Up File in Scrivener How to Create a Keyboard Shortcut for the Snipping Tool 20-Minute Macro Course Improve Your Writing with Macros A 5-Minute Guide to Evernote 5… Continue reading Most Popular Writing Tech Posts of 2015

5 Best Tools for Self-Editing in a Hurry

by C.K. MacLeod It’s difficult to view your own writing objectively. To do so, you need to discipline yourself to put it away so you can look at it again in a new way. If you write to deadlines, it isn’t always possible to set your writing aside. But there are shortcuts to handle time crunches.… Continue reading 5 Best Tools for Self-Editing in a Hurry