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Four ways The Written Word helps you achieve goals

Written Words—A blog for all communicators

A gripping thriller and a stunning writing feat

Independent review of Sugar for Sugar by Seb Kirby With the first few pages of his latest novel, Seb Kirby seemed to have challenged his abilities as a writer by choosing two elements that many writers find difficult to pull off: the unreliable first-person narrator, and present-tense action. It seems challenging at first, but within […]

How you can win four mystery novels

But first, the third book in the trilogy looms Walking Out of War, the third volume in the trilogy that began with Army of Worn Soles in 2014 and followed with Under the Nazi Heel in 2016. Regular readers of this blog will know that I had promised to publish Volume 3 by the end of […]

A look back at a tough year

To many, 2016 has been a horrible year. The war in Syria, the loss of refugees from that conflict and others, the record number of celebrity passings, record homicide numbers in my home town, Brexit, the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. Presidency … I won’t go on. It’s too painful. For me, it’s […]

How to format your book for e-publishing

I have found that a lot of independent authors feel intimidated by the process of e-publishing. In the past few posts, I showed you how to use Styles to make formatting more efficient and consistent, and how Styles also help automate other processes you’ll need to publish your book. Your word processor has a number of […]

#Writing tip: Take your Styles to the next level

In the last two posts, I explained how you can use your word processing application’s Styles feature to help make formatting your document more efficient, consistent and professional looking. But the Styles feature can do more than just apply several formatting choices to your text with one click. Today, I’ll explain how you can use […]

Writing tip: The cascading benefits of Styles

Last week, I wrote about the benefits of using Styles in your word processing program to make your writing more consistent, efficient and professional. This week, I explain some of the resulting efficiencies that come from understanding how to use Styles. I am using Microsoft Word as the example, but the same concepts apply to […]