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

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

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!

The Best Multipurpose Tool for Self-Publishing

by C.K. MacLeod I’m a firm believer in finding and using the best tool for the job. However, it’s not always possible to learn a handful of tools before you need to produce book. When you’re at the beginning of the self-publishing learning curve, it makes sense to choose a multipurpose tool that will do a decent job of… Continue reading The Best Multipurpose Tool for Self-Publishing

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

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

Showing vs. Telling Macro

by @CKMacLeod Most writers are familiar with the adage, show, don’t tell. But sometimes it’s tricky to determine when those telling instances have crept into your writing. Editor Janice Hardy of Fiction University explains how telling happens and offers advice for how to turn telling into showing. She and Valerie Comer of To Write a… Continue reading Showing vs. Telling Macro