• Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

    Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

pinterest template keyboardI love, love, love keyboard shortcuts. They are the bomb. Or maybe I’m just lazy. No. Efficient. Yeah, I’m uber efficient.
It’s amazing how many people don’t use keyboard shortcuts, even the basics like CNTL+A for chose all. How weird that you wouldn’t want to make your typing easier and faster so you can write more or have time for other things.
Here is a handy-dandy list of keyboard shortcuts. I hope you’ll take advantage of one or two and increase your word count!

Ctrl+B Bold the selected text bold
Ctrl+I Italicize the selected text italic
Ctrl+U Underline the selected text
Ctrl+Backspace Delete the previous word
Ctrl+Del Delete the next word
Ctrl+F Find some text in the current document
Ctrl+Z Undo your last action


Ctrl+C Copy what’s selected
Ctrl+X Cut what’s selected
Ctrl+V Paste what you last copied or cut
Ctrl+A Select all


Ctrl+N Create a new document
Ctrl+O Open an existing document
Ctrl+W Close the current document
Ctrl+S Saves the current document
Ctrl+P Print the current document


Ctrl+N Open a new window
Ctrl+T Open a new tab (if your browser supports tabs)
Ctrl+W Close the current window/tab
Ctrl+R Refresh
Esc Stop
Alt+? Back
Alt+? Forward
PageUp Move up a page
PageDown Move down a page
Alt+Home Go to your homepage
Alt+D Move focus to the address bar to type in a URL
Ctrl+Enter Add “http://www.” and “.com” around an address
MiddleClick Middle-clicking a tab will close it, even if it’s not the active tab


Alt+3 £
Alt+4 ¢
Alt+5 ?
Alt+6 §
Alt+7 ¶     (pilcrow paragraph)
Alt+8 •     (black dot)
Alt+9 ª     (floating small a)
Alt+0 º     (degrees)

Happy writing!


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A Tale of Two Tales

We’ve been on Big Island, Hawaii for about six weeks now. I’ve been creating, sewing mostly (there is a one-year birthday next month) but I haven’t found my writing mojo until recently. I knew I had some unfinished projects, but I’ve been concentrating on the last story I started and hadn’t found the motivation to continue.
Last night, I opened Scrivener. If you haven’t bought it, do so. It’s a big mass of amazing when it comes to keeping all the details straight, plus you can rearrange scenes, add research websites… I digress.
I had a bunch of unfinished stories. At least six. I plucked two of them from the cobwebby depths of my hard drive and took a look at them.

Here’s what I found:

A Snow White Tale, whereupon the heroine, tossed into the forest after escaping the woodman’s beheading plan, runs into the 8th dwarf. This is probably a novella, as I don’t see much depth beyond the evil queen’s plan to off Snow and Snow’s reaction. POV’s are from Snow, the 8th (cutie) dwarf, the Queen and the Magic Mirror. Complete at 20% but the scenes are plotted.
A modern day Cinderella tale of a woman who is caretaker to the elderly. She inherits a former client’s house, which comes with many secrets and many ghosts. Enter the client’s (cutie) lawyer, a couple of wacky stepsisters and an understandable shoe fetish. Complete at 50%. There’s a lot of depth here with many layers to be written.

Reality bounces between an ever increasingly complicated day life and a dream world, ruled by ghosts’ whims and erotic fantasies. The challenge is to go through what I’ve written and remove the negative word choices, which drags down the story. There’s a killed off ex fiance who needs to exit the story. He’s a downer in what is supposed to be a comedy. There’s an additional challenge of taking the 80% written on Word and moving it to Scrivener. What was I thinking?
More updates as I make headway.
In the meantime, check out my other blog, www.cherylsteimel.com, where I comment on living in Hawaii.

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Writing intimacy is breaking down barriers. It's opening long-held secrets and exposing them to the critique of another.

Writing sex

Writing sex is breaking down barriers.  It's opening long-held secrets and exposing them to the critique of another. Words of wisdom from an old post regarding the difficulty of writing sex:

  • Sex is easy to write.
  • Intimacy is hard to write.

Writing sex is writing logistics.  Tab A in Slot B.  It’s the physicality of the act.

Writing intimacy is breaking down barriers.  It’s opening long-held secrets and exposing them to the critique of another.  It’s raw and vulnerability and an enormous amount of trust.  Writing intimacy should be a pivotal point in the story of the characters involved, pushing them into uncharted territory and sealing the way back to the way they were before.

Don’t cheat your characters and readers by writing a sex scene.  Make it something more, something intimate.  Your story will be stronger for it.

All the best,


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