Now, don't get all excited. This is NOT a computer class. This is simply a list of tips for utilizing MS Word to assist you with your writing.
1. On the main screen in the upper right hand corner, there is a "find and replace" feature. This is helpful during revisions, because you can:
- Find all "was" words and replace them with "WAS" ... How does this help you? Once you've done this find/replace feature, then you can start back at page one and focus your revision efforts to employ stronger action verbs, and you will immediately see all of these words on your computer screen.
- Also, if you *think* you might be using a certain phrase too much (like: her breath caught), click on the find feature and type in the phrase and select the option to highlight all. This tool will highlight the findings and give you a count. If your count is 234 in a 299 page novel, you've got a serious problem!! ha.
- Another great advantage of the find/replace tool is if you realize you've not been consistent with something (like with spaces after a period), you can type the problem into the "find" box and type the solution into the "replace" box.
- My critique partners and I used the comment bubbles to mark words, punctuation, and scenes that we want to address with our partners.
- My agent and I used the track changes feature to work together during a final revision process. Huge potential with this part.
And, that's all I've got for today!
What is your favorite feature of MS Word that helps you with your writing process?