Back in the old typewriter days, we were taught that proper nouns and dates should always remain together on the same line. That was fine and dandy back then since we controlled where each line ended. Today, word processing applications decide where lines end based on margins and font sizes so have we lost the… Continue reading e-Style: The Hard Space
Any writing project becomes easier to manage once the writer understands and exploits the features of his writing tools. Larger projects like family histories take advantage of word processing features not normally used in short, everyday projects. These features - table of contents generation, indexing, footnotes and endnotes and bibliographies - take advantage of another… Continue reading All About Styles – Updated
Many of us developed our computer skills in the business world. Although we are comfortable using word-processing and spreadsheet applications, we are often familiar with only a small number of the features available. Those features served us well to create letters, reports and memos. For those of us who wish to tell the stories our family… Continue reading Writing With Style
A sure sign of a professional publication is the use of appropriate special characters in the text of your project. From copyright and trademarks symbols to appropriate money symbols and even the degree symbol for temperature, each of these can be easily created thanks to your word processing application. You just need to know where… Continue reading e-Style: Special Characters
Styles help insure a standard look throughout a long document and make it much easier to maintain a professional look for your writing project. This guide introduces styles and shows how to put them to work in your writing projects.
If you are planning to write and publish a family history yourself, your word processing software not only has the tools to help you write and edit your project but assist in the design and construction necessary to construct a "press-ready" publication. Here's an overview of those tools. Now it's up to you to learn how to make them work for you.
In today's world, underlining is for hyperlinks, not your publications. Use italics to emphasize text, not underlines.
There are many great outlining applications available to help you pull your writing project together, but before you begin hunting take a look at your word processing software first.