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So Which Is It – Passed or Past?

These two are frequently used incorrectly and it can be distracting to the reader. Past can be a noun that refers to a period of time that has already happened (He wants to live in the past), or it can be an adjective describing something that has already happened (He ...
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So Which Is It—Was or Were?

We’ve all been there. Is it I was, or I were? Just by the sound of it, one would think that I was would always be correct. But, not so fast. There are a couple of situations in which the obvious is not to be trusted. One instance that can ...
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More Help on Punctuating Dialogue/Thought

These two articles tackle two of the most troublesome issues facing writers when writing dialogue—internal dialogue and dialogue interrupted by action. The Editor's Blog has a one of the best discussions of dialogue, including how to punctuate dialogue interrupted by action. And Quick and Dirty Tricks tells us how to ...
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Capitalization of the word Earth

Whether or not to capitalize the name of our planet depends on how it is used. I found a great article complete with examples from Dictionary.com.
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Great Book Cover Photo Available

This photo of a US Army soldier on a mission is available as a book cover. Very low fee. Contact me at https://flawlessfiction.com/  for information.
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Need a Quotation?

One of my favorite newsletters is from Jane Friedman (https://www.janefriedman.com/. She almost always has something of value to share with my clients. Here is a suggestion from her latest letter that I particularly like.   "If you often find yourself searching for just the right quote, The Wisdom Archive can ...
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Google Listings

Did you know that the most important element in Google's algorithm to determine display order of search results is the number of links to your page? So if you have a website, ask your friends who have sites to provide a link to your page on theirs.
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Ribbon Disappears in Word 2016

If your ribbon (also known as the toolbar) disappears on you while working in Word, look for the icon in the upper righthand corner of Word that looks like a box with an arrow in it. (It looks like the first option in the box below. Click on the icon ...
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Help With Word

Hi Everyone! In my previous life, I worked with jewelry. I wondered if there would be any interest in a few tips on that subject, such as how to buy a diamond or how to care for your jewelry. Meanwhile, here's today's tip. I get Allen Wyatt's WordTips Ribbon newsletter, and I ...
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Willie Forde Photography

I promised to post beautiful photos and interesting websites. Willie Forde's Facebook page fulfills both pledges. If you write or read medieval novels (or even if you don't), you will be inspired be the beauty of Willie Forde's Photography. Browse through them, and you will be taken back to a ...
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Word Shortcuts

Here are a few Word shortcuts that many writers will find handy. Acdent Aigu = CTRL + apostrophe, the letter Cent sign = ALT + 155 Degree Sign = ALT + 0176 Dash = ALT + 0151  
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International Punctuation Characters

Typing French Characters Here’s a handy chart  on how to type the French pronunciation characters. https://www.csub.edu/~jschmidt/special.htm Office Support also has one. https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Keyboard-shortcuts-for-international-characters-108fa0c1-fb8e-4aae-9db1-d60407d13c35
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Free Schrivner Class

I get Joanna Penn's newsletter, The Creative Penn, and find she often has helpful advice. Today, I got an email from her advertising this FREE webinar on Scrivner. I'm not familiar with it, but I know a lot of authors use it. If you use it or want to learn ...
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How to Punctuate Thought

Character’s Thoughts: Punctuating and Formatting The following is an excellent article from Writers Relief.com on expressing characters’ thoughts. I have interspersed a few comments of my own shown in italics. Knowing how to punctuate or format your character’s thoughts can be difficult. Should you use italics? Quotation marks? Underlining? I ...
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Free Photo Software

A website developer told me about a free download for software very similar to Photoshop. I haven't tried it yet, so I can't vouch for how user friendly or effective it is. It's called Gimp.
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Finding the Right Word

Ever struggle to find the right word? Words to Use is a great site for helping you to find just the word you’re looking for. As an example, here are their suggestions for words associated with “eyes.”
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Changing the size of the pointer

Ever wished your pointer was easier to find? Courtesy of iSunshare, here are 3 ways to change its appearance in  Windows 10 Tom's Hardware explains how to do it for Windows 7. My Computer My Way explains how to do it in Windows 8.    
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Hello Creatives!

I created this section of the site for you. I hope it will be a place where authors can get together, relax, and have some fun while perhaps learning a little something along the way. I will post tips on grammar, punctuation, Word, and anything else I find that I ...
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