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 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

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

Revise Your Writing With Self-Editing Macros

by C.K. MacLeod Macros—tiny programs that run in Microsoft Word— have changed the way I revise my writing. They highlight potential problems, so I can fix them: Below is a list of my favourite self-editing macros, designed to work with Microsoft Word: Confusables — words that are often used inncorrectly lyWords — adverbs, which will… Continue reading Revise Your Writing With Self-Editing Macros

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

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)