Write and Edit Efficiently with Word’s Quick Access Toolbar

by C.K. MacLeod For editing projects, I work in Word on two gargantuan computer screens. The upside: I can have many documents open at once, while feeling a little like an air-traffic controller. The downside: I’m a terrible air-traffic controller. With two big screens, it often takes a lot of mousing to get my cursor… Continue reading Write and Edit Efficiently with Word’s Quick Access Toolbar

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

A 5-Minute Guide to Evernote

by C.K. MacLeod Do you use Evernote to capture ideas and research? Many writers do. Evernote isn’t difficult to learn. Here’s my five-minute guide to understanding Evernote. What is Evernote? Evernote is a free, multi-platform storage and organization tool. It can store any notes or task lists that you write audio clips digital files pictures scanned… Continue reading A 5-Minute Guide to Evernote

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

New Tool for Writing and Editing: WPS Writer

by C.K. MacLeod Are you unhappy that Microsoft Word 2013 is available only through subscription? Consider this alternative: WPS Writer* (formerly Kingsoft Office). A New Tool for Editing? Until now, Microsoft Word has been the best tool for editing, but I’d like to suggest that WPS Writer is a close contender. The lite version is… Continue reading New Tool for Writing and Editing: WPS Writer

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)