Monday, June 27, 2011

Editing tools

Sadly, Monday Best is no more. I know, I'm sad about it too. But since I'm cutting back, a few sacrifices had to made :(

On a positive note, my book is coming along. I sent the first few pages to a few people, so I am hoping to have it fully edited in three or four months *fingers crossed*

Of course I may go through and edit once more after that, but I will think about that later.

Two more things - First I wanted to let you all know that my next door neighbor and good friend Krista (who wrote a pretty fun fantasy novel) has started a blog. Check it out here.

Second, the lovely Deirdra at A Storybook World gave me the creative blog award!

Isn't it pretty? I love the fairy green clothes, and the dream catcher. So fun!

Moving on...

As I said, I've sent the first few pages of my book out for people to review. (BTW, if you want to do the same, nudge me below, I'll be glad to exchange.) With this process I've come to realize that many people don't know of the editing tools Word has to offer, so I thought I would shed some light. That way others can take advantage too. It makes editing on the computer so much easier.

There are two very handy tools under the review tab -

The first one is called 'track changes.'

With this tool you can make changes to the document and they will show up in red. The author can then choose to use your advice, or not.

The second is called 'new comment'

With this tool you can add notes to the work you're revising by highlighting then adding whatever comment you choose. In the end it will look like this -

Using these tools can greatly increase your ability to give a good critique. Happy editing!
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