Having learned how to format a document using Word styles, you might find it useful to create your own Word templates for different styles of documents you create in your business. Why would you need a template? Having created all the styles for one document (say, a business report), you might decide you’d like to … More Creating a Word template
Is there’s a word you’re constantly mistyping, and having to go back and correct? (Perhaps you always mistype the as teh … or maybe that’s just me.) Creating an autocorrect so that Word will correct it for you automatically means you don’t have to fix them up yourself. And remember those macrons we were inserting … More Creating a Word AutoCorrect
Microsoft Word doesn’t make adding macrons to Māori words in your documents a straightforward exercise, or at least it doesn’t feel like one. There’s no key you can just type them in with, and increasingly we’re becoming aware of words that we should have been including macrons on. First of all – what’s a macron? … More Using macrons
Apostrophes are used in English to show that: there are letters missing from the word (contractions) something belongs to someone (possession or ownership). There are exceptions to how these rules apply, and I’ll talk about some of these, too. Possession The general rule is that ’s shows possession. So to say Sam’s or Betty’s shows … More Using apostrophes
One of the first things an editor might ask before they start work on your document is if you have a company style guide. Often people think this is the company’s brand style guide or logo guidelines; but a writing style guide serves a different purpose. A style guide is a set of standards for … More What’s a style guide?
Have you ever wondered what the Styles section on your Word toolbar is for? You can assign these styles to the text in your document as you’re working, and it helps with formatting – if you decide the font you’re using is too small to read, and you’ve assigned Body Text style to the main … More Formatting using Word styles
There are various types of writing and levels of editing, which I’ve talked about in another post. One thing to remember is that non-fiction, and business documents and reports, are very different from fiction (novels and short stories) and other creative work. I specialise in editing non-fiction and business-related writing, so I’ll talk about these. … More The writing process
I often see people wondering why they need an editor. What will an editor do that a friend or colleague looking at your document won’t? An editor will see your document or report as a product representing your business, rather than you personally. While a friend or colleague might be worried about upsetting you by … More What does an editor do?