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Track Changes – Advanced   A few months ago, I started my series on Track Changes in Microsoft Word for anyone who was struggling with this feature. Hopefully, it has been of use to an author or two. This is article is my last installment in this series and it centers on the options available to you when using this tool. As authors and editors,...

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Commonly Confused: Farther versus Further   I’ll admit it. There was time when farther versus further confused me. Maybe I was too literal as a child and had a hard time thinking figuratively. The good news is I’ve mastered the ability to think figuratively now that I’m *cough* older *cough* and have had an understanding of farther versus further for a long time now. These two words are frequently mixed up...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas On Writing: Diva Lauren’s NaNoWriMo Wrap-up   So I’m going to be honest with you: I didn’t win NaNoWriMo. In fact my word count was around 30k. I worked really hard the first half of the month, and then those pesky authors I edit took up my remaining time in November. Didn’t they understand I was writing a book? I had a word count...

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Articles / On Editing

Keep it Consistent: Final Thoughts In this series on keeping things straight in the revision process, I’ve given a lot of focus to those things you should do before you ever put pen to paper, and they are an important part of the process. Yes, it’s a lot of upfront work, but it can save you countless hours in the end. That said, even the...

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Articles / Commonly Confused

Commonly Confused: Discreet versus Discrete There are times when embarrassment is a good teacher and today’s commonly confused was the one that did me in. For years and years I thought it was spelled “discrete”. Maybe it is my preference for “ete” over “eet” or perhaps it was the connection with the spelling of the word “discretion”, who knows, but I got it all wrong,...

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Articles / On Editing

Five Reasons To Hire A Professional Proofreader Proofreading involves a lot more than some might think. Reading a manuscript and correcting typos and punctuation is part of the process, but it’s certainly not all of it. The biggest responsibility of the proofreader is the understanding that she is the last editor to touch the manuscript before the author signs off on the edits.  And that’s...

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Articles / On Writing

Track Changes – Intermediate   Last month I introduced Track Changes in Microsoft Word for anyone who needed a little extra instruction. I hope you’ve all been practicing! This month I’m going to delve a little further into some of the features Track Changes has to offer authors when tracking the changes made to their manuscripts by the various editors, readers, betas, and critique partners....

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Articles / Commonly Confused

This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned pronoun abuse, but it’s usually as a side note in another article about the local dialect where I live. When I was a child, my younger siblings would say “Me and Janine went to the park.” or “Me and Janine had ice cream today.” Often the adult my siblings were speaking to would jokingly chastise my brother or...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas on Writing: NaNoWriMo and GO! Last year was my first foray into NaNoWriMo. Needless to say, I didn’t win. In fact, I got busy with editing and couldn’t finish my story. I was a little let down with myself. I went in wanting to finish my novel and came out with only fifteen thousand words or so. Not the number I wished to have...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas on Writing: Are You Writing Body Part Smut (instead of smokin’ hot sex scenes)?   In honor of Halloween, I thought I’d skip my post on the rigors of revision and write an article highlighting the most horrific, most terrifying plague to ever descend upon a poor unsuspecting writer’s scene. This is scary business, people. Trust me. Today I’m talking about the dreaded disembodied...

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