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

Hemingway Editor: A Proofreading Tool for Writers

by C.K. MacLeod Updated September 28, 2016 Proofreading tools are an easy way to help you see and fix potential problem areas in your writing. Recently, I discovered the Hemingway Editor created by Adam and Ben Long. It’s a standalone program that costs $20 US, and you can download it to a PC or a Mac computer.… Continue reading Hemingway Editor: A Proofreading Tool for Writers

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

8 Proofreading Tools for Beta Readers

By C.K. MacLeod Updated. Originally posted on April 4, 2014. Many self-publishing authors use beta readers to get feedback on a book before publication. You don’t have to work on paper; you can use a computer or a tablet to “mark up” or make notes on an author’s manuscript. Below is a list of tools… Continue reading 8 Proofreading Tools for Beta Readers

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

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

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

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