Calling All Fiction Writers!
Do you use Microsoft Word every day of your life but never took the time to learn how to efficiently and effectively use the tool?
Are you new to Microsoft Word and don't know where to begin?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, then this is the course for you.
Learn to Use the Essential Features of Microsoft Word
This course focuses on all the features of Microsoft Word that are essential for writing fiction while ignoring the business and non-fiction authoring features. The result is a streamline fast-paced course that will have you up and running in no time. In this course you'll learn:
I even conclude the course with a glimpse at my personal Word environment.
Learn the Fundements to Assist You In Takin My Other Courses
I've created several courses for writers (e.g. self-publishing) on Udemy, all of which assume that the student possesses a fundamental understanding of Microsoft Word. In this course, I provide the fundamental understanding required to fully comprehend the topics presented in my other courses.
Have You Struggled with the Basics of Word?
I can bring you up to speed in around 2 hours!!! The basics of Microsoft Word aren't really that difficult to comprehend. Once all the business and non-fiction writer functions are ignored, you're left with a fundamental set of core features that you'll learn to use like a pro. I'm sure you'll be able to follow along easily on this gentle introduction into this powerful word processor.
Let's Have Some Fun Together
I try to avoid anything that wouldn't be enjoyable. Join me on what I think is a fun course of discovery that will lay the foundations for later work together.
Various options for starting Word are followed by options for exiting Word.
An initial description of the Microsoft Word 2010 screen layout with the exception of the main menu described in the next lecture.
The Word main menu.
Learn how word helps you while your typing your document.
The basic way to select text is described. Then I show you how to style that text using Bold and Italic fonts and colors. Next, editing via delete, copy, and move operations are demonstrated along with a simple paste. Finally, more advanced ways of selecting text are explored.
The file operations that can be applied to a document via the File menu.
Configuring word to look good and work well.
A demonstration of using the Word configuration just completed to author a document.
An overview of how to create unordered and ordered lists and how to nest them. Use ordered, or numbered, lists to identify items in a specific order, such as the steps in a recipe. Use unordered, or bulleted, lists to indicate items without indicating order, such as the ingredients in a recipe.
How to insert images and format text to flow around them.
An overview of how to insert an configure tables which are used to organize rows and columns of information. The lecture begins with the before promised example of a definition list and moves on to more complicated tables.
A demonstration of inserting, configuring, and removing a simple table of contents.
This lecture describes page layout including setting the page size and margins and then adding headers and footers to the page.
How to track and accept the changes made by an external source, such as a copy editor.
In this lecture we perform a quick review of my Word 2010 screen configuration.
Born in Los Angeles, California, in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.
Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I’ve published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I’ve also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.
My latest endeavor, begun in July of 2014, is to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal is to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. As time permits, I plan to expand my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.
I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my lovely wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.