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Anderson: The Dryad

My summary isn't going to do this justice. Anderson writes evocatively of the setting and the people, and I'm just going to focus on the main plot. Here we go. Source: HCA.Gilead.org.il Summary In the countryside of France, a massive tree is felled. Th ...

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Backstory Hunting: Isolate and Count Highlighted Words in MS Word

I recently went on a hunt for unnecessary backstory in my first 50 pages. Early backstory slows the pace right as readers are looking to dig into your story, not get bogged down with what already happened. Thanks to Margie Lawson and her EDITS system, I appreciate the importance of highlighting. And sure, you can highlight on paper, or you can highlight on screen. But once you've done so in a word processor, what else can you do with it? Thanks to this article by Abigail Hilton, I learned that MS Word CAN in fact find text that is highlighted! So here's how I make use of this function to go hunting for backstory. ...