After our discussion in the forum about writing software and how you can get most of the same effects from software you already have on your PC, I've started pulling out some of my old tips for putting your word processing features to better use.
Here's the first of a series of articles on word processing:
Word processing shortcuts for character names
Features available on your word processing software for automatically typing character names and helping to maintain consistency of the spelling of names thoughout your novel. Similar features across MS Word and Writer for Open Office.
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