This weekend, I have learned three new things to make our writing lives easier. I’ll share the tips with you here and share the link to today’s episode of Inspirational Journeys, where I discuss these tips in greater detail.
Create an invoice template for your writing business.
If you’ve been hired by a company or individual to complete some freelance work, odds are, they’ll ask you to send an invoice for the service you rendered. On Friday, I learned how to create my own invoices to send to my client. Once I put together the first invoice, I created a template to use for future invoices. Once you create your template, you can add in any additional information for a specific project, and resave the document under the project name.
Create book templates for your manuscripts.
If you have a book already formatted, you can resave the formatted document under a file name such as “book template”, in another folder. Once you’ve created the template, you can save and close out your original file. Within my book template, I keep the front matter pages as a place holder, so I can change the necessary information pertaining to the manuscript I’m working on. If you have back matter in your book, move it to another document, then cut out the text of the book itself, leaving chapter numbers, style and page breaks intact. I put 20 chapters in my template, but you can use any number that works for your book. You can add or delete chapters as needed. After you add in your last chapter, copy your back matter in your document. From there, you can copy and paste the text of each chapter into your document or start writing your book within your template. Be sure to rename the file, so you won’t lose the template you’ve created.
Store your important files in multiple places.
This tip may be the most important one of all. If you have a google, Microsoft or iCloud account, transport any important files over to one or all of these places, so you won’t lose all your hard work.
Use these three tips to save time and stress as you move forward in your writing journey. To hear my full discussion of these tips, visit:
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