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Writing in Word for Posting.

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Writing postable Word documents for Booksie. Word Count: 469


Submitted:Oct 15, 2012    Reads: 20    Comments: 2    Likes: 3   


I've noticed some stories here need adjustment to be reader friendly. This is being written in Times New Roman in Microsoft Word without using the tab/indent key. I have also checked the text for NonPrintingCharacters, hereafter NPC.

NPC can louse up the transfer of text to post. I don't know why and, anyway, why is not important. NPC include the Paragraph mark, which is OK, and, again I don't know why, does not interfere with posted works. Another NPC is the tab mark, and this one does louse up the transfer to post, but, luckily for us, it is avoidable.

You can, and should, edit out all extraneous NPC, The problem is that NPC are just that: non printing. You find them by toggling the funny character in the tool bar that looks like a backward P. In Microsoft Word, this icon is located between the font size, which is displayed as a numerical percentage: 100%, and the Document Map icon, which appears as a small handheld magnifying glass. Invoking the NPC toggle reveals or hides all NPC.

When invoked, the writer sees the begin paragraph mark and the space mark, an elevated dot. These NPC are fine. Anything else should be removed.

That means that all paragraph indention marks - funny little arrows, either bent or straight - and especially all weird boxes, either outlined or shadowed, around text must go.

If an author still wants to have indented paragraphing, what does she use?

In Word, look up at the fist bar above the text/page. I call this the page size bar, Microsoft may call it something else. The bar is numbered 1-7 inches and has two movable tab/arrows, one on top of the other, on the left and one movable tab/arrow on the right.

This bar is where the writer sets margins, both for main text width and for First Line in Paragraph width. To achieve paragraph indents, move the TOP left hand arrow to the right, towards the center of the tool bar - I use 1.5 inches, but you can please yourself. That's it. Thereafter the writer just hits the enter key and does not use the tab key.

Now in Microsoft Word, writers can search for the NPC paragraph mark and replace a single mark with two marks. Check 'Special', which is on the bottom between the Format and No Formatting keys, in the Control F Find window. Follow the instructions, access Special and enter Paragraph Mark in the find window and in the 'replace with' window, enter Paragraph Mark TWICE. Do a 'replace all' and you've achieved double space between paragraphs.

I've noticed some stories here need adjustment to be reader friendly. This is being written in Times New Roman in Microsoft Word without using the tab/indent key. I have also checked the text for NonPrintingCharacters, hereafter NPC.

NPC can louse up the transfer of text to post. I don't know why and, anyway, why is not important. NPC include the Paragraph mark, which is OK, and, again I don't know why, does not interfere with posted works. Another NPC is the tab mark, and this one does louse up the transfer to post, but, luckily for us, it is avoidable.

You can, and should, edit out all extraneous NPC, The problem is that NPC are just that: non printing. You find them by toggling the funny character in the tool bar that looks like a backward P. In Microsoft Word, this icon is located between the font size, which is displayed as a numerical percentage: 100%, and the Document Map icon, which appears as a small handheld magnifying glass. Invoking the NPC toggle reveals or hides all NPC.

When invoked, the writer sees the begin paragraph mark, as described above, and the space mark, an elevated dot, between words. These NPC are fine. Anything else should be removed.

That means that all paragraph indention marks - funny little arrows, either bent or straight - and especially all weird boxes, either outlined or shadowed, around text must go.

If an author still wants to have indented paragraphing, what does she use?

In Word, look up at the fist bar above the text/page. I call this the page size bar, Microsoft may call it something else. The bar is numbered 1-7 inches and has two movable tab/arrows, one on top of the other, on the left and one movable tab/arrow on the right.

This bar is where the writer sets margins, both for main text width and for First Line in Paragraph width. To achieve paragraph indents, move the TOP left hand arrow to the right, towards the center of the tool bar - I use 1.5 inches, but you can please yourself. That's it. Thereafter the writer just hits the enter key and does not use the tab key.

Now in Microsoft Word, writers can search for the NPC paragraph mark and replace a single mark with two marks. Check 'Special', which is on the bottom between the Format and No Formatting keys, in the Control F Find window. Follow the instructions, access Special and enter Paragraph Mark in the find window and in the 'replace with' window, enter Paragraph Mark TWICE. Do a 'replace all' and you've achieved double space between paragraphs. At Booksie, the last step isn't necessary. I use this method here and a slightly more elaborate style in my stories, and I am generally pleased with the presentation of my work here. Good Luck with your writing.





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