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Fix Showing vs. Telling with Macros & Word Lists

March 25, 2014 Writing Stuff
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Many writers will search in MS Word for red flag words that indicate telling. But there are a lot of those words, and that would be a lot of searches. That’s where macros can help, and today we’ll learn how to build our own trouble-searching macros with a few secret weapons.

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MS Word Trick: Using Macros to Edit and Polish

March 18, 2014 Writing Stuff
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We want to clean up our story the best we can because copy editors often charge a “messy manuscript” premium. Yet it can be difficult to self-edit at this “polish” stage. For one thing, this step can be tedious to the extreme. Even with MS Word’s “find and replace” functionality, there are many words to check, and it’s hard to remember them all.

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Google’s Fickleness: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

August 15, 2013 Random Musings
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If one thing is constant with Google, it’s that they always change. Over the past couple of years, they phased out most of Google Friend Connect and stopped supporting Feedburner. However, I realized recently that I hadn’t talked about their latest changes. Some of their recent changes have been good (Google Authorship), others bad (Gmail’s Tabbed Inbox), […]

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Ask Jami: WordPress Questions and Answers

April 18, 2013 Random Musings
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My two WordPress workshops are next week, so this is the last time I’ll mention them here on my blog. Try to contain your disappointment. *grin* Today, I’m summarizing the questions and answers from the Facebook chat about WordPress I did last week with Lisa Hall-Wilson. Facebook makes looking through old posts a hassle, so I wanted to […]

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Goodbye, Feedburner! Hello, Ownership of Our Platform

October 2, 2012 Random Musings
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Months ago, I wrote about the death of Google Friend Connect (GFC). Many people who used the GFC social media and feed reading service couldn’t believe that Google would drop a service used by so many. When it died, people lost blog readers and newsletter subscribers. Rumors are swirling that Google is at it again, this […]

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A Perfectionist’s Guide to Website Creation, Part Two

July 14, 2010 Over-Achieving Perfectionist
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So in the last post, I explained how I decided on the infrastructure of my website. Yadda, yadda. Boring. But this time, I’ll talk about the magic of website creation. For those of you that do this stuff for a living, this will probably all be old hat. Er, yeah, I didn’t actually intend that […]

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A Perfectionist’s Guide to Website Creation, Part One

July 12, 2010 Over-Achieving Perfectionist

As this post makes abundantly clear, I now have a blog. A whole website, in fact. If I were anyone else (i.e. a sane person), I would have set up a simple blog on Blogger and called it done. However, in case there was any doubt, let me state for the record, I am not […]

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