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I'll go one step further. (I run a publishing company). Do as little formatting as possible! Italics, bold -- ok. Lists, numbering -- ok. Justify -- turn off. line spacing, indenting, page formatting -- avoid tinkering with that. I would use only two styles from the MS Word styles: the Title style (or Heading style) and the Body style. Then I would ...


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Different versions of Word count words slightly differently. For files that are just text, this isn't generally a problem, it's things like text in graphics and footnotes that throw this off. There's more information in this related question on SuperUser: What is MS Word counting or ignoring when it counts words in an open vs. closed file? It's worth noting ...


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Some of the best writing tools out there are the following: Microsoft Word, an all-purpose writing tool that can be used for drafts, notes, or final formatting. Scrivener, a drafting tool that is used to efficiently create your initial draft using an in-depth set of tools for taking down ideas and quickly accessing them as well as plan your story easily. ...


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They have told me to use INDESIGN, GIMP OR INKSCAPE as design software, then convert to PDF. Whoever told you that, they either hate you or are on a wrong set of meds. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is for manipulating images, not book-length text. INKSCAPE is a tool for creating and editing vector graphics, again, not book-length text. Adobe ...


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Evernote is also quite easy to use, especially if you have different documents (world building, characters, plot, backstory, actual story, etc.) and want to keep them together. It uses 'notebooks' which can then keep those different documents in the same place. It is also free and works on-line (in-browser, app, mac/pc-software and synced between devices) ...


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[Not a lawyer], but even so I don't think copyright is the biggest potential issue. You could go the whole hog and invent a character set (as Iain M. Banks did for the "Culture" series (http://omniglot.com/conscripts/marain.htm)), or represent the spelling with standard Roman characters. The important question is whether, and if so how, you're expecting ...


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I was looking for the exact same thing. Dug around and found ways to do it outside Word, but really wanted to do this without leaving Word. Did some more reading and discovered the key is to run a find and replace, searching for the vowel characters in the Hebrew Unicode block. I wanted to keep maqqef and sof pasuq, so I had to use three separate ranges (if ...


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It likely depends on the field you are in and the amount of work and money you want to put into learning a new tool if you have only used Microsoft Word so far for this kind of task. For example in the technical and scientific community you normally find a lot of fans of LaTex, which is free for anyone to use and offers incredible help with formulae. Have a ...


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You need to install a foreign dictionary Microsoft Word can use multiple custom dictionaries to check the spelling of your documents. A custom dictionary allows you to supplement the main dictionary with additional words, such as names, specialized technical terms, foreign words or alternative spelling of some words. You can buy foreign ...


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...what writing platform could I use that accepts both regular writing (fonts, bold, italicize, good for 200-page documents) and the LaTeX math code? Many LaTeX editors support "regular writing". I use TeXstudio myself. Things like bold, italics etc. require LaTeX code, but most software packages like TeXstudio give you nice buttons and hot-keys to make the ...


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For collecting facts on my world, persons, places, organisations I also use SimpleMind, an Android app. It gives you a fast overview over the world, and you can add and remove features pretty good. And since it is an mobile app, I can write my stuff down wherever I am, without the need for my laptop. For more detailed descriptions and drafting I use ...


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A quick Google search on hebrew remove nikkud gave an answer. On Github there's a JavaScript with a live preview code. If it's little text you could use the JavaScript either online or download and use it on your pc (save as .js). The Hebrew charcodes are all between 1425 and 1479 and the nikkud are between 0591 and 05C7. Python implementation (tested): ...


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I've done this a lot to print out drafts. I have 2 methods but prefer the 2nd: In word, Layout > Page Setup (small icon bottom right of ribbon box) > Margins > Pages section > Book fold. Then when I print I'll use landscape and select "print on both sides". In word, save as pdf, then print > booklet (print on both sides selected). I have an epson printer ...


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Typographers don't call it "line spacing." They call it "leading." Comfortable leading depends on the font style, the size of its ascenders and descenders, and the physical size of the text on the printed page (regrettably, all 12 point fonts are not the same physical height). When I typeset books I usually add 1.25-2.00 points to the default leading for ...


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It's actually good, if you're talking about the default supplied Word MS format. I don't use Word, I use Scrivener, but I checked it against the template I use and it's almost identical. TNR 12, double spaced you can't go wrong with and the header is professionally laid out. The only things I changed for submission were: Larger chapter headings that start ...


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It actually depends on to whom you submit: some want no tabs, others want certain fonts or certain headers and pagination. Your best bet is to forget all templates and rely on this: Double-spaced 12 point Courier or Times New Roman; ragged edge (do not justify---ever); page numbers in the top right corner; your name at the top, and, quite possibly, the ...


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Based on your screenshot, your supervisor is using Word's builtin functions (not an addon). The following short answer pertains to Word 2010 for Windows, and should still be relevant if you are using a different version. Click your Review tab and you will a number of editing groups (see screenshot). For a longer answer about Word and UK English, see http://...


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[Freely quoting from Office Support. The following text is entirely from the link provided. I do not think I have anything to add to it.] Microsoft Word does not support multiple heading-numbering schemes in a single document or master document. When you work with documents that contain both chapter headings and appendix headings, the headings must not use ...


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I must recommend LaTeX. You're able to control all sorts of different factors, and it always looks beautiful in the end - and, of course, it can be converted into a PDF file. Using the book class is your best bet - I'd check out TeX Stack Exchange for information and advice. If you don't want to download the program (it's free, by the way) you can use Share ...


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I have never been a planner. I hated writing outlines, plot charts, doing diagrams and what ever other tricks teachers made us do in school. I found it to be a complete waste of time for myself. I just wanted to start. I do my best work when I just write. Let the flow of thought and words come out. I don't know what it is that I want to write, but I ...


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Tl;dr: The best way to start writing a story is to start writing a story! The process is different for every writer, so I would first ask you this question: How do you usually plan any task that you have to do? E.g. Your house needs cleaning: Do you just roll up your sleeves and tackle the first thing you see? Do you instead put your laundry in the ...


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(SE has a separate section for ebook questions: https://ebooks.stackexchange.com/ ) You cannot sell PDFs on Amazon. You need to make the ebook an epub or .mobi file. The 6x9 format you speak of is probably based on an epub file which can be viewable in any size or dimension using reflowable text. If you already have an audience for your ebook, one ...


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This isn't a hard rule, but generally, if I do not want the reader to know what is being said by the aliens, I tend to just say they are conversing in an unknown language. If I want their dialog to be understood by the reader, but not the characters, I'd use dialog in "" format, and add somewhere which language is being spoken. This is from a comic book ...


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I have played around with the free online version of MS Word, and the best I can tell is that it imports otf files easily (not a surprise), has collaboration functionality as well as MS Word's grammar checking. It doesn't appear to be limited in functionality, and there is a fairly generous amount of storage space. You can share view capability with people ...


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Another option is LyX, which I use to write novels. I feel it has advantages even if one doesn't want to include LaTeX formulae. For example, chapters are numbered automatically, and you can hide content in LyX notes and LaTeX comments, so your novel document can also contain private notes to yourself and old text you're removing but might want to use again ...


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I looked for an App that would provide the nikud (vowels) to words I was using to create a glossary. However, once I had the words in that form, I could no longer sort them (as we can tell from these questions). However, the same App, https://nakdan.dicta.org.il/ also allows the user to select the "modern Hebrew" version, and if you click on לחץ כאן (...


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In case your list is in Excel you could use this macro (based on the suggestion of Jonathan Potter). Select a range of cells, then execute the macro in VBEditor. Sub HebrewDevocalizer() Dim i As Integer For i = 1425 To 1469 Selection.Replace What:=ChrW(i), Replacement:="", LookAt:=xlPart, _ SearchOrder:=xlByColumns, MatchCase:=False,...


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