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Handy Tricks for Using Word for Authors How many times have you, as authors, heard that you should know the tools of your trade? More than a few times, I’d wager. Well, this article is here to help authors learn some of the basics to using Microsoft Word in relation to writing, editing, and standard manuscript format. First things first. What is standard manuscript format?...

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Fracking Blurbs! Recently, I helped an author come up with ideas on how to write her blurb for her book. If you’re not familiar with what a blurb is, it’s basically a short synopsis used for promotional purposes like Goodreads, Amazon, book jackets, etc. But many authors hate writing them. It’s akin to scrubbing the dirtiest toilet in hell after Hades just had chili. The...

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Give me a Side of Description; Hold the Chunks It’s tempting to over-describe, isn’t it? It’s a must to give your readers insight into your characters’ pasts and relationships with one another, the setting of your story, and to set up coming events. Isn’t it just easier to do it all in one big chunk? After all, that room your characters are standing in isn’t...

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Stop the comparisons, stop trying to be the next big thing, and just write your book. Every day—several times a day, in fact—I see “What to read after ____” or “If you liked ___, you’ll love__,” and I must admit, I just shake my head. I get it—everyone wants to promote their book, wants it to be the next big thing, but my knee-jerk reaction...

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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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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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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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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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 Divas on Writing: Is Your Story Bloated? Raven’s iPhone rang, and she removed it from her pocket, swiped the screen from left to right, and glared at the unfamiliar number. Annoyed by the unidentified number, she tapped the green answer button to connect the call, put the phone to her ear, and prepared to give whoever it was a piece of her mind. One thing...

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Track Changes – The Basics   A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, I discovered track changes in Microsoft Word. What a wonderful feature! It allows collaborators to make changes to a document while preserving the original until a change is made permanent. The best part is that each collaborator’s revisions and comments are tracked separately and appear in a different color....

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