shortcuts for writing

Shortcut Keys I Use the Most While Writing

In General

  • Ctrl + S = save (Don’t care if the document I’m on autosaves. I am too much in the habit of doing this and don’t plan to ever fall out of practice.)
  • Ctrl + Z = undo last action
  • Ctrl + Y = undo last undo action
  • Ctrl + End = jump to the end of the document
  • Ctrl + Home = jump to the start of the document
  • Ctrl + Left Arrow = jump text cursor one word over to the left
  • Ctrl + Right Arrow = jump text cursor one word over to the right
  • Ctrl + A = select all text in document
  • Shift + Directional Arrows = select a segment of text
  • Ctrl + Backspace = delete word to the left of the text cursor
  • Ctrl + Delete = delete word to the right of the text cursor
  • Ctrl + X = cut selected text from document and place in clipboard
  • Ctrl + C = copy selected text from document and place in clipboard
  • Ctrl + V = paste cut/copied text from clipboard into designated section of document
  • Ctrl + B = bold
  • Ctrl + I = italics
  • Ctrl + U = underline
  • Ctrl + F = find certain text

In Google Docs

  • Ctrl + Shift + Y = dictionary
  • Ctrl + Shift + C = word count
  • Alt + Shift + 5 = strikethrough

In Microsoft Word

  • F7 = spellcheck
  • Shift + F7 = thesaurus
  • Shift + F3 = cycle selected text through ALL CAPITALS, Initial Capitals, and no capitals
  • Ctrl + E = justify center (align text to the center of the line)
  • Ctrl + L = justify left (align text to the left margin)
  • Ctrl + R = justify right (align text to the right margin)

In Microsoft OneNote

  • Ctrl + Hyphen = strikethrough
  • Ctrl + Period = bulletpoint
  • Ctrl + N = new page in current tab

anonymous asked:

Hi! I feel really bad about this since you just talked about people not demanding that fic writers write things so I'm going to do my best to be polite. I just saw the live-action beauty and the beast and with all the wonderful aus that you've written I would LOVE to see you write a beauty and the beast au for e/R! It just fits so perfectly. Anyway thank you for all that you've written I love all your fics so much and I hope you have a good day! 😘😘

First and foremost, this is absolutely the type of polite ask that you don’t need to feel bad for asking, so no need to feel bad, Nonny!

Secondly, I went and saw the new Beauty and the Beast last night and while I have thoughts™, now is not the time to share them (save to say that I loved it). As for an E/R Beauty and the Beast AU, it is indeed on the surface a tale made for E/R, which is why it’s perhaps not surprising that it’s been done before.

Not that that’s ever stopped me, mind, but it does mean that if I were to write a Beauty and the Beast AU, it’d have to be a different take on it than what’s already been done.

Now, the new Beauty and the Beast offers an intriguing angle in the form of the Beast’s new tragic backstory™ which makes the Beast’s role less tailor-made for Grantaire, believe it or not, and much more intriguing for our beloved Enjolras. Of course, that would leave Grantaire as the beauty, and as we well know, no one would ever accuse Grantaire of being beautiful (save for a very stubborn Enjolras). 

But what watching Beauty and the Beast last night (and the animated version again today) reminded me is that it’s not just Belle that has to learn to love the Beast – the spell states that when he (the beast) learns to love another and earns her love in return, the spell will be broken. And obviously most of Beauty and the Beast focuses on the latter portion. I think the new version took some strides towards showing the Beast learning to love Belle but, like, it’s not difficult to love someone who’s beautiful and a nice person. It’s just not.

So what if the Beauty started as ugly on the inside as the Beast was on the outside?

What if, instead of being cursed with Hugo’s conflation of ugly circumstances and therefore ugly appearance (giving you the side-eye, V. Hugs), Grantaire is handsome, conventionally speaking, but thinks – nay, knows – that he is beastly on the inside? And Enjolras, of course, though still capable of being terrible, is still the same good person who wants to change the world on the inside, but is of course beastly on the outside.

That, my friends, leaves us with a delightful possibility for a story – two men, both beasts, both of whom must learn to put aside their beastly nature in order to earn someone else’s love in return when neither thinks they really deserve it. That might well be a tale worth telling, even if it’s not quite a tale as old as time.

Is there a shortcut to becoming a star again?
Sometimes I wonder if I ever was one.
It is all I can do to close my eyes
And look ahead, to when all the little people
Will close their eyes and dream of me.
They tell me I’m made of stardust.
How is it that some people have learned
To be stars here on earth?
How do they hold infinite infernos
Beneath their skin?
I know that I have no hope of that.
I would burn away like a matchstick.
I am not built to be so full of light and fire.
So I look ahead, and I hope that they’re right,
And I toy with fragments of memories
And moments in my mind,
Looking for a shortcut.
—  SHORTCUT TO THE STARS

To all of the people who bend over backwards to explain why that character spent a whole season (or more) pursuing/dating a character they weren’t really interested in because they were really interested in whoever you ship them with, let me introduce three phrases into your vocabulary that will save you a lot of time and get you to your ship a lot faster:

  • politely aued out of existence
  • it is possible to be attracted to more than one person at a time
  • “Yeah, I was into them/we were together, but it wasn’t going to happen/wasn’t going anywhere, so I moved on.”

It is completely unnecessary to write out entire scenarios about them faking their crush and pursuit or relationship, and it is especially unnecessary to shit on the character they were actually into in the process.

Prophecies can easily be a cop-out or a shortcut for writing, I think. Mostly I see them used as a kind of retroactive justification for a deus ex machina, or some way of making an abrupt and incomplete ending “fit” the story in a superficial way. I don’t know if that’s what I did with this comic and it’s not for me to say whether it’s successful, I think.

I remember how exciting it was to be leaning hard on T-O-E’s grandiose implications with no real plan or expectations for how it would all turn out. I haven’t written anything else in the same way; it felt risky and freeing.