Tag Archives: tips & tricks

A Word Macro for Processing Plain Text

If you’re like me, sometimes you like to write in a plain text editor or on an iPad app, but the end result needs to be styled appropriately in Microsoft Word.[1] Here are some things I do when doing that: Search & replace all double spaces with single spaces. Replace all double-dashes (–) with em-dashes

Handy Self-Editing Aid

My good friend, romance and erotica author & editor Sascha Illyvich, pointed out this cool tool to me a few months back. I’ve since used it on RPG projects, including the upcoming New World Order book, to help me out. But here I am, burying the lede[1]. Pro Writing Aid’s free editing web app allows you to

A Few Tips to Editors

Say you’re working on someone else’s manuscript, either as an editor or as a peer reviewer, and you’re marking it up to give back to them. And let’s further say you’re using something like Track Changes in Word on InDesign, where your alterations & comments will be visible. Here are some things to consider when

Passive Voice Words, Highlighting them in Word

My very patient friend, Minerva Zimmerman, is working with me to revise, or as I like to say, unfuck a short story I’m working on. Her and the other alpha readers I handed the story to complained about my passive voice. This amuses me, because I catch the passive voice in others’ work, but not