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?

5 Ways to Create an Em Dash

by C.K. MacLeod Updated on January 14, 2017. I have all-in-one laptop that weighs the same as a tablet. It’s a marvel of a machine except for one thing: because it doesn’t have a numeric keypad (less keyboard = better portability), I cannot create em dashes (—) and en dashes (–) in my usual way. (You… Continue reading 5 Ways to Create an Em Dash

Unlocking the Secrets of the Bestseller

by C. K. MacLeod What are the ingredients of a bestselling novel? In the book The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel, Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers use machine learning and a text-mining tool — the bestseller-ometer — to study the characteristics of the bestselling novel. What the bestseller-ometer reveals is specific and potentially… Continue reading Unlocking the Secrets of the Bestseller

Why Writers Love Scrivener (and Why Editors Will, Too!)

by C.K. MacLeod Updated March 11, 2017   Scrivener has become wildly popular with writers—plotters and pantsers alike—who are working on book-length writing projects. Little know fact: it’s a great tool for developmental editors, too. Scrivener is useful for  planning and writing a novel (especially if you’re a “pantser” and you need to do a little reverse… Continue reading Why Writers Love Scrivener (and Why Editors Will, Too!)

6 Ways to Set Up Scrivener for Writing

by C.K MacLeod Out of the box, Scrivener comes with features turned off or on. Some of these features are helpful, but others drive me crazy and prevent me from being efficient. You can customize Scrivener to work with your writing preferences. Below are six things I do to write more efficiently in Scrivener. Note: I… Continue reading 6 Ways to Set Up Scrivener for Writing

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

How to Write a Quality Book Fast

by C.K. MacLeod Updated. Originally posted at Beyond Paper Editing. Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? If so, you’ve tasked yourself to write a book in four weeks. How will you do it? Writing a book can happen fairly quickly, particularly if you know how to create an efficient writing and publishing workflow. I wrote the first draft… Continue reading How to Write a Quality Book Fast

Scrivener for PC Wish List

Scrivener is a popular piece of writing software used by many self-publishing authors. For good reason. It’s designed to help you organize and manage a book-length project. It’s available for Macs, PCs, and Linux, but the features are different across platforms. In fact, it’s a well-known fact that the PC version is missing many of… Continue reading Scrivener for PC Wish List

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

2 Tools for Improving Your Writing

by C.K. MacLeod Updated. Originally posted at Beyond Paper Editing. Learning to write well is a process, and there is so much to consider—from story structure to the words you choose. In self-publishing circles, there is a lot of discussion about perfecting plot, characters, and dialogue—the elements of story—but comparatively little airtime is given to… Continue reading 2 Tools for Improving Your Writing