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

Format an Ebook with Sigil

by C. K. MacLeod @CKMacleodwriter Updated July 24, 2016: Sigil’s newest version has a different interface from the one you’ll see in this post. While Sigil is a great tool for the right price, I’ve begun to use Jutoh instead. Jutoh is better supported, and it allows me to create epubs and mobis. It’s possible to build an ebook… Continue reading Format an Ebook with Sigil

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

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

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

How to Read an Ebook

by C.K. MacLeod If you want to publish an ebook, you should probably read ebooks. This post will get you started. Set up an account with an ebook distributor or retailer if you don’t already have one. Accounts are free.  Some options are Amazon Apple iBooks Barnes & Noble Kobo Lulu Smashwords 2.  Choose how you… Continue reading How to Read an Ebook

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

Scrivener Cheat Sheet (Downloadable)

by C.K. MacLeod @CKmacleodwriter Scrivener is a wonderful tool for writing and producing book-length works. It allows you to move chunks of text around with ease organize research notes, references, and even notes to yourself—in the same project file convert your book to ebook, web, and print formats Help for Beginners When you first open… Continue reading Scrivener Cheat Sheet (Downloadable)