Microsoft Word Tip – It has to be easier than this?
All the tips I upload onto this blog thread are questions I am asked by my clients. I hope you find them interesting, but more importantly you find them useful. This question was about the getting some text to align in word and the importance of chevrons. I like to have them turned on all the time, it’s probably a control thing on by behalf. Here is the question.
Question: Hi Julie, I can’t get some text to align in Word. Help, its driving me mad.
Answer: Not to worry, I can get your text to align in word, but we need to check a few things first.
My first request for all my clients when working in word is to turn on the chevrons. The chevrons are little marks you can see at the end of a paragraph. In the table below, you can see an example next to number 1, hard carriage return. This will give you some idea of what is going on (formatting) in your document. When you have the chevrons turned on, you can see some formatting in your document:
To turn the chevrons on, go to the toolbar on the top of the screen and select the icon.
Once I turned the chevrons on, I could instantly see why the dates and text have not lined up.
The author of the document had, by mistake, added a few extra “carriage returns” (line spaces). Once these had been removed, the text would then line up.
The Chevrons are an important part of the formatting of your document as this gives you control over your work you are doing. I know they can appear to be an eyesore and an annoyance, but it means that you are in control of the document and not the computer. If you feel more comfortable, you could always turn them on after you have typed your document and are in the process of making the document look more presentable.
Writing your memoirs is so personal and cathartic. You can resolve issues in your head that you didn’t realise were still causing you pain. Alternatively, you may find that you remember events long since forgotten.
Your memoirs represent you. They are a testament to the life you have led, the dreams you have accomplished or the goals you have set yourself that you will accomplish by the time you retire, or pass the baton on to the next generation.
There are some very loose rules that you should abide by, and these are:
Only discuss the events you want people to know about.
Be honest about the events that took place, it is perfectly acceptable to write from your point of view
Be mindful of the reader and what they will get out of reading your memoirs
Decide on the format of the memoirs. Will you create a book or an audio book?
Think of the length of your memoirs. You may not want to write War and Peace, but we all have a story to tell.
Will your memoirs be funny or serious?
Will you make a passive income from your memoirs? For example, giving talks at schools, clubs and on the TV/Radio. Will you sell your memoirs online?
Are your memoirs for family and friends only?
Do you want to include photographs, if so, make sure you have the authorisation to use the photographs, especially if other people are in the photograph?
Do you have the support of your family members? This can make writing your memoirs so much easier.
Before you write your Memoirs
Before you write your memoirs, create a plan of what you want to include. Are you a business owner and want to discuss how you created your business from nothing and sold it for thousands? Are you a homemaker and loved every aspect of making a home for your family? Did you travel around the world and met some interesting people that had a profound effect on your life?
We all thrive on stories. What is yours?
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I use to dream of being a Writer! I would love to write but don’t have the time! I don’t know where to start, but I have a story!
Questions and statements I often hear from people who would like to become an author, a writer, or publish their memoirs or family memoirs. I can sympathise. When I started writing my books and publishing my author’s books, it was a piece of common ground.
I had a fantastic tip form a young writer who was starting a career as a journalist, short and to the point.
“Just do it, don’t sit there thinking you will write war and peace. Stop making excuses and sit in front of the computer and write.”
Thanks Jack, that is what I did and what I tell my authors to do. In fiction, the story might take a few twists and turns you hadn’t planned on! Characters may quit their jobs or act unexpectedly, so remember the first draft of your manuscript will never be the same as the book that gets published.
When writing your memoirs, things will always pop in your head. One story may remind you of another story. A comment from a friend or family member will often start the next chapter. Alternatively, a comment could help you remember a story long since forgotten that could be pivotal to the memoirs.
Stop procrastination, sit down with a fresh screen or piece of paper and put something down. Once you start you find that you won’t stop. Map out what you want to say. Remember the reader and the journey you want them to go on. When writing your memoirs think about how much information do you want to share?
I have to open this post by stating that I love my Mum very much, but occasionally she exasperates me. I have spent the last 40 minutes helping her with her emails. Three days ago, they stopped showing up on her phone, iPad and computer. We went through all the normal settings and they were all fine.
But I saved my password once, shouldn’t it be automatically?
I was about to tell her she needed to seek an expert, when she casually remarked that she would leave her provider as she wasn’t happy with the services. I asked why. She calmly stated that she changed her password three days ago and has had nothing but issues ever since.
“Where did you change the password,” I carefully inquired.
“On 1and1” she replied.
“Did you change the password on your computer, iPad and Phone?” I asked.
“No, I thought it was athematic,” she replied.
The only analogy I could come up with, was that changing the cotton on her sewing machine and expecting the bobbin to have changed colour as well. At which point she burst out laughing seeing the funny side! Mothers who would have them and technology.