On A Writer’s Toolkit, I am collating information and resources for anyone who has to communicate in writing.
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Handy hints for Microsoft Word

A simple method for formatting Microsoft Word documents

While formatting Microsoft Word documents, do you format each paragraph or heading? Do you sometimes forget which formatting you used for each level of subheading? Do you have to work out why the contents table ...
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Understanding Major Donors ebook

New ebook: Understanding Major Donors

Congratulations to Charlotte Grimshaw, Molly Masiello and Conor McCarthy on the release of their new book! Rubida Communications produced the epub ebook version of their book Understanding Major Donors: A guide to prospect research for ...
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Australian manual of scientific style (AMOSS)

The Australian manual of scientific style (AMOSS)

Whether you are a scientist writing journal articles or an editor working on scientific documents, I can strongly recommend the Australian manual of scientific style (AMOSS). This great resource can answer many of your questions ...
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Introduction to PerfectIt online course

I recently wrote about my favourite editing tool, PerfectIt, a software add-on to Ms Word. Just this month, my friend and colleague Hilary Cadman from Cadman Editing Services has launched her online Introduction to PerfectIt ...
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PerfectIt for writers and editors

Of the many proofreading aids for writers and editors, PerfectIt is my favourite. It is a Microsoft Word add-on program that will find many of the inconsistencies you have inadvertently left in your document. Here ...
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Book cover image for the Macquarie Dictionary

‘Macquarie Dictionary’

I use and recommend the Macquarie Dictionary for spelling. The Australian Government and universities consider this work the authoritative source on Australian English. By using this work as your spelling standard, you adopt a consistent ...
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Book cover for Effective Writing by Elizabeth Murphy and Hilary Cadman

‘Effective writing — Plain English at work’ by Elizabeth Manning Murphy and Hilary Cadman

This is an excellent book for writers who want to improve or refresh their skills of effective writing. When I was doing my online editing course many years ago, I used the first edition of ...
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All about ebooks

What are ebooks? Ebooks have been around for a while now and still the definition can be a bit blurry. According to Wikipedia, an ebook is ‘an electronic book’ or ‘digital book’. In other words, ...
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My top-ten writing tips

To write a document that is well structured and easy to understand, you need to think about the whole document from the very beginning. These are my top-ten writing tips to help you get started ...
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Great tips to edit your own writing

Editing your own work is not an easy task. You become so closely involved with providing content that you can no longer look at your writing in an objective way or take on a reader's ...
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Format a new document in Microsoft Word - how to save a document

How to format a new document in Microsoft Word

Document layout does not have to be complex to look professional. Microsoft Word is a powerful tool that can help you write and publish your own work. However, it is complex to use. When you ...
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Book cover of Indexing books by Nancy Mulvany

‘Book indexing’ by Nancy C. Mulvany

This book is an excellent reference work for anyone who indexes books. While Book indexing is mostly intended for indexers, I still recommend it for writers and editors. Content overview Book indexing gives a good ...
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Book cover of the Australian Government Style Manual

‘Style manual for authors, editors and printers’ by DCITA, 6th edition

This manual is used by most departments of the Australian Government and by many other organisations, even though some departments also have an additional style manual for their department. The style manual covers the planning ...
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