Fun with Formatting Novels: How MS Word’s Styles Can Make it Easier to Navigate and Convert Your Novels

I spend an awful lot of time in Microsoft Word. It may not be the only word processing software out there, but there's no denying that a lot of novels get written in it--and that a lot of people don't know the useful things it can do. So let's talk about styles and how you, … Continue reading Fun with Formatting Novels: How MS Word’s Styles Can Make it Easier to Navigate and Convert Your Novels

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Do you have two spaces after every period? You can fix those in five seconds.

I wanted to do a short post today. So let's talk about something easy! Here's the situation: You, like so many unfortunate people, might have been taught to put two spaces after every period, because that's how it was done in the days of the typewriter. But alas, that's not how it works anymore. When … Continue reading Do you have two spaces after every period? You can fix those in five seconds.

Putting a Story into Standard Manuscript Format in Five Minutes

Let's talk about Standard Manuscript Format! (Wait, no! Come baaaaaack...) OK, so it's not the most exciting topic. But I was on Reddit's r/Writing when I read a post where more than one person said it took them hours to format their manuscripts. And oh good golly, no! This might not take you five minutes, … Continue reading Putting a Story into Standard Manuscript Format in Five Minutes

Auto-Replacing Italics with Underlines in Microsoft Word

When you submit something for publication--be it a novel or a short story--you'll probably have to put it in Standard Manuscript Format. And while most folks are fine with 12pt Times New Roman and italics (which I strongly prefer), you occasionally find folks who really want the "Courier New + underlines instead of italics" variant. … Continue reading Auto-Replacing Italics with Underlines in Microsoft Word