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editing a story

Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:08 am
by lanad
OK
so I've written a new story and have prof read it a hundred times, I coped and posted into the forum, and now I have to prof read again as all the spacing has gone,

what am I doing wrong, I'm using word as my editor, should I be using a different program to wright my scribbling on.

I have made a draft so as to keep the story for editing again.
what am I doing wrong.

Re: editing a story

Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:57 pm
by Petrajane
lanad wrote:OK
so I've written a new story and have prof read it a hundred times, I coped and posted into the forum, and now I have to prof read again as all the spacing has gone,

what am I doing wrong, I'm using word as my editor, should I be using a different program to wright my scribbling on.

I have made a draft so as to keep the story for editing again.
what am I doing wrong.

Word adds so much crap when pasted into a forum post.

I'd recommend using something like EditPad or if you prefer, NotePad (comes with Windows), NOT WordPad though.
Write it in basic mode, ie: no formatting, then add any formatting in the forum post.

That's how I do it anyway. :)

Re: editing a story

Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:42 pm
by lanad
Thanks for that,sounds like it's easier to escape from a pair of hand cuffs.

Re: editing a story

Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:34 pm
by stephanie_cd
lanad wrote:Thanks for that,sounds like it's easier to escape from a pair of hand cuffs.


1) If you have a Windows PC, go to "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories," and then select NotePad.

2) Copy/paste the story from Word into NotePad, and/or write any new stories in NotePad to start with.

NotePad will remove any of Words' special formatting (including italic or bold type, "tab" indents, and sometimes even "return" or "enter" paragraph breaks). Notepad will leave most "normal" punctuation marks such as ? and ! and " alone.

3) Copy/paste the story from NotePad into the forum window. Those steps are all easy and if the story is already written elsewhere it should take you less than a minute. :D

4) Once the story is in the forum window, you will probably need to go in and add paragraphs, indents, and italic text for dialogue, using the FORUM's text window and tools. Unless you've written a 200 page novel, that part isn't difficult and it shouldn't take much time at all.

5) Click the "Preview" button and keep editing until you're happy with the result, then click "Submit."

:D

Re: editing a story

Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:49 am
by FatherOfFour
I frequently use notepad++ (a freeware sw) to do multiple document editing, file compares, xml/html, or auto-complete and many other uses... it's a swiss-knife of text editing.

Have fun, text Your stories...
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Re: editing a story

Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 4:30 pm
by lanad
thanks for all your advice, I'll probably use note pad next time, as I have already loaded it to "draft" I'll finish it there.
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