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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

A Self-Editing Toolkit

by C.K. MacLeod Editors use a wide variety of tech tools to improve writing and to create a consistent reading experience for the reader. Below is a list of tools in many a professional editor’s toolkit. Writers can use these tools, too. Many of these tools will take of bit of time to learn and… Continue reading A Self-Editing Toolkit