Formatting your novel with Styles—Part 4: using your new template

From Rick: It occurred to me after doing Part 3 that I didn’t show you how to use your new template. It’s pretty easy, actually, but there are a couple of cautions to be aware of. This will be a

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Formatting your novel with Styles—Part 3: adding more styles

From Rick: With this post I will finish up this series. So far, we have set up our NORMAL style and SCENE BREAK style. A typical novel normally won’t need more than a half-dozen styles. You’ll probably want ones for

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Setting intelligent MS word defaults for writers

From Rick: MS Word comes set with some really stupid defaults, at least for writers. While thy may seem good for the average person and for business, many of these defaults are counterproductive for writers, especially if you’re planning on

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Writer vs. computer–Part 2

From Rick: In part 1 I talked about keeping backups, perhaps the single best solution to many of the computer problems a writer can face. Not only will this help you recover from computer hardware disasters, but it can help

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Writing great dialog–Part 4: proper dialog formatting

From Rick: In this post, I’m going to cover formatting dialog, which some new writers get wrong. For purposes of this blog, I’ll assume the American English style of formatting, that is, double quote marks, where British English may use

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