Life is so much easier when you take the time to prep with style sheets. This is a great guide and had a few hints even I didn’t know I could use. I use Find/Replace every time I edit, but the useful search terms section opened my eyes to even better ways to use the system.
Writers take note, this will save you a bunch of time when you have to format for a publisher or self-publishing avenues. Saving this one!
A Quick Primer for Fiction Writers in using Microsoft Word in the Digital Age
It always saddens me a little when a writer sends me an overly formatted Word doc to turn into an ebook or print-on-demand. It’s not that I have to clean it up–I can strip and flip the messiest files in less than an hour. What bugs me is how much thought and effort the writer wasted on utterly useless manuscript styling.
The majority of writers I work with use Word. The vast majority have no idea how to use Word for their own benefit. I understand. I was a fiction writer for over two decades and even though I have been using computers and a variety of word processing programs since the late ’80s, it wasn’t until I started learning book production that I figured out how…
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