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

How to Format an Ebook the Simple Way

by C. K. MacLeod @CKmacleodwriter One of the easiest ways to format an ebook is to begin with the tool you probably already have—Microsoft Word.  I know, I know. HTML & CSS enthusiasts and InDesign evangelists everywhere have just engaged in a collective shudder.  But hear me out. Not all self-pubs have access to expensive design… Continue reading How to Format an Ebook the Simple Way

Ebooks Made Easy: Word to Jutoh in 10 Steps

by C.K. MacLeod Updated. Originally posted at Beyond Paper Editing. Have you discovered Jutoh? Jutoh is an elegant and inexpensive piece of software ($39 USD) that allows you to convert Word docx files or ODT files to epub and mobi ebook formats. Jutoh will work for fiction that’s mostly straight text, but it will also handle… Continue reading Ebooks Made Easy: Word to Jutoh in 10 Steps

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

How to Make Word Behave Like Scrivener

by C. K. MacLeod @CKmacleodwriter There’s been much to-do about Scrivener lately. And for good reason. Scrivener appears to be able to solve some problems that traditional word processing software hasn’t been able to adequately address. One of Scrivener’s strengths, its Binder feature, allows writers to manage and keep track of sections of a book-length work… Continue reading How to Make Word Behave Like Scrivener

4 Ways to Customize Word for Writing and Editing

by C.K. MacLeod You can customize Microsoft Word* so that it’s more efficient for writing, editing, and self-publishing. Here’s how: 1. Turn off AutoFormatting. Out of the box (or with a fresh download), Word attempts to be helpful. Only it isn’t. Unless you change its native settings, it will format your writing in unintended ways. For example, Word… Continue reading 4 Ways to Customize Word for Writing and Editing

Convert a Table to Text in Word

by C.K. MacLeod @CKmacleodwriter When you’re writing nonfiction, you often need to think about how best to present information—as a bulleted or numbered list, in a table, as a diagram, in a paragraph, and so forth. Your options are many. Recently, I wanted to convert a two-column table to a single-column bulleted list in Word… Continue reading Convert a Table to Text in Word

Hunt Down Adverbs with a Macro

by C.K. MacLeod …the road to hell is paved with adverbs and I will shout it from the rooftops. ~Steven King Do you use -ly words in your writing? Do you use them with the dialogue tags he said and she said? Example: “Who do you think you are?” she said arrogantly. According to author Steven… Continue reading Hunt Down Adverbs with a Macro

How to Design A Book Cover in Word

By C.K. MacLeod @CKmacleodwriter Did you know you can design an ebook cover in Word? I’d have hardly believed it unless I’d tried it myself. Until now, I’ve been limping rather awkwardly in GIMP. But creating a cover in Word has blown things wide open for me. Graphic designer Derek Murphy wrote a tutorial that helped me to create the cover… Continue reading How to Design A Book Cover in Word

Find Passive Words in Your Writing

Passive words can make your writing dull. Use this macro to find passive words so you can replace them with strong, active words. Word will highlight passive words in bright green. Copy the macro from Sub to End Sub and paste it into Microsoft Word’s Visual Basic Application (VBA). This free 20-minute macro course will show… Continue reading Find Passive Words in Your Writing