Mastering pen revision in Microsoft Word

Yesterday I looked at revision using an active stylus, OneNote and pdf apps. Yet the final writing process of any book is, for me anyway, always in Microsoft Word, since that’s how it has to be delivered to the publisher. How about if you could do the revise...

How to keep your work safe for free

The last post asked the question: will your work live forever? As I said there… if it’s in a common format like Word, rtf or some kind of html I think the answer’s, ‘As much forever as you’re likely to need.’ The way we usually lose work isn’t through format...

Scrivener or Word… it’s all about focus

A reminder here for newcomers: my comments on Scrivener are based on ruthless focus. I write fiction for a living. It’s all I do. Whether it’s Scrivener or Microsoft Word later in the process, the only thing I’m interested in is producing a book....

How to map a story with Microsoft Word

Most books require a structure. Think of it as an architect’s blueprint. You may not see the pen strokes and angles, but there is a skeletal framework, a sense of design, required of narrative without which it is likely to fall apart. In something like Scrivener...