Revise Your Writing With Self-Editing Macros

by C.K. MacLeod Macros—tiny programs that run in Microsoft Word— have changed the way I revise my writing. They highlight potential problems, so I can fix them: Below is a list of my favourite self-editing macros, designed to work with Microsoft Word: Confusables — words that are often used inncorrectly lyWords — adverbs, which will… Continue reading Revise Your Writing With Self-Editing Macros

Why Editors Use Word—Writers can Harness Word’s Powers, too!

by C.K. MacLeod Revised and updated on Sept 12, 2015. Originally posted at Beyond Paper Editing. Authors can use a variety of tools for the writing and publishing process. In Idea to Ebook: How to Write a Quality Book Fast, I describe over 30 tools that authors can use, and some of them can even make the… Continue reading Why Editors Use Word—Writers can Harness Word’s Powers, too!

How Not to Miss Your Editor’s Suggestions

by C.K. MacLeod I recently got back my book manuscript from my copyeditor. She uses track changes and comments in Microsoft Word to suggest improvements. In fact, many editors use Microsoft Word for editing. This article will tell you why. In a book-length document, it’s possible to miss a suggestion from your editor, especially tiny punctuation… Continue reading How Not to Miss Your Editor’s Suggestions

A Macro for Commonly Confused Words

  By C.K. MacLeod Updated July 30, 2015 Thanks to Eliza Dee for suggesting a tweak that makes this macro even better (see the comments below for details)! The macro script has been updated. Adverse or averse? Assent or ascent? English contains many words that are easily confused—words that sound the same, but have different meanings and… Continue reading A Macro for Commonly Confused Words

PerfectIt Pro 3 for Proofreading: New Features

by C.K. MacLeod PerfectIt Pro, a popular copyediting and proofreading tool, has been updated to include new and improved features. Many excellent features—such as the style sheet builder—remain, but new features add even more value to this proofreading favourite. In this post, I describe a few features that I think will be helpful for editors and proofreaders — and… Continue reading PerfectIt Pro 3 for Proofreading: New Features

Using Split Screen for Editing

by C. K. MacLeod Word and Scrivener’s split-screen functions are handy for editing long documents. At some point in the editing process, you may need to compare facts or details in one section of your book with facts and details in another section. Scrolling back and forth through pages and pages of writing can be… Continue reading Using Split Screen for Editing

Consistency Checker—A Free Proofreading Tool

by C. K. MacLeod @CKmacleodwriter Have you discovered the Google Docs library of Add-ons?  They work like plug-ins and they can perform a variety of useful tasks. Consistency Checker, by PerfectIt, is a lite version of one of my favourite proofreading tools. It will scan your document for: abbreviations in two forms (US vs. U.S.) common typos (teh vs. the)… Continue reading Consistency Checker—A Free Proofreading Tool

3 Essential Tools for Publishing

By C. K. MacLeod  Self-publishing authors are doing everything that traditional publishers once did: writing, editing, and designing and formatting books. These tasks require authors to be more tech aware than ever before. Tech tools can help with tasks once handled by traditional publishers. Below, I’ll share with you the three tech tools that I… Continue reading 3 Essential Tools for Publishing

Most Popular Tech Posts of 2014

by C.K. MacLeod Here are the top 10 Posts on Tech Tools for Writers in 2014. 20-Minute Macro Course (free) Retrieving a Backup File in Scrivener Improve Your Writing with Macros Scrivener Cheat Sheet (Downloadable) How to Make Word Behave Like Scrivener A Self-Editing Toolkit New Tool for Writing and Editing: WPS Writer Creating and… Continue reading Most Popular Tech Posts of 2014

New Tool for Writing and Editing: WPS Writer

by C.K. MacLeod Are you unhappy that Microsoft Word 2013 is available only through subscription? Consider this alternative: WPS Writer* (formerly Kingsoft Office). A New Tool for Editing? Until now, Microsoft Word has been the best tool for editing, but I’d like to suggest that WPS Writer is a close contender. The lite version is… Continue reading New Tool for Writing and Editing: WPS Writer